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Volunteer Quilters Sew Fidget Blankets for Hospital Patients


Fidget blankets provide sensory and tactile stimulation for patients with restless hands – often due to Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The blankets feature tasks that are easily accessible on the lap blankets like zippers, ties, clips or Velcro. The fidget blankets not only comfort patients but also provide useful distractions, especially for patients who may be agitated.

The specialty blankets were the latest way the volunteer group has given back to the hospital.

“The Quilters have been a part of the Auxiliary volunteers since 1970, and both the hospital and community have benefited greatly from their efforts,” said Kim Bourne, president and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital. “This Volunteer Appreciation Week, it is fitting we recognize their creativity, talent and heart for others.”

The TMH Auxiliary Quilters began in the 1970s to raise money for the hospital and have raised thousands of dollars over the years.

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