Many of you know that both my mother and father had Alzheimer’s before they passed away. Taking care of them weighed on me. I wanted so badly to be able to make their world better in any small way I could.
Now my friend’s brother has dementia and she too finds herself trying to come up with creative things that might put a smile on his face.
Almost all dementia patients I have known like to pick and touch things. One day my friend and I got talking about my grandson’s tag blanket and she decided to make one for her brother.
She decided that 9×9 worked because she could make a few of them out of a quarter yard of fabric. Then came the challenge of what it would look like. Her brother had been a fireman so she found fireman fleece fabric and went from there.
She then put the ribbons around the edge. I love that she used mustache ribbon to try to make it look a bit more like an adults.
On the other side she used a plan Minky fabric and then put his name and room number on it. While she had everything out, she made a few of them because things seem to get lost when you are dealing with a nursing home.
He loves it! The size worked out perfect because he can just slip it in his pocket and pull it out when he wants it.
Do you have any other ideas to help brighten up a dementia patient’s day?