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Calling All Crafters: Activity Mats Needed for Hospice Patients
Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County is looking for crafters to make and donate activity mats for patients. Activity mats are comfort items for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as they can provide comfort or relief from feelings of anxiety, stress and restlessness.
“Our Care team uses activity mats to help soothe patients,” said Beth Shrake, volunteer coordinator at Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County. “We always appreciate receiving donations of these handcrafted comfort items. Activity mats are a frequently requested item.”
Activity mats are rectangular cloth mats that can be placed in the laps of patients. They are typically the size of a placemat, and consist of different materials, textures, images and patterns. Add-on items are sewn onto the activity mats to engage and soothe patients who are in constant movement. Frequently used items sewn onto activity mats are zippers, ties, Velcro and pockets. Crafters often include textured fabric on activity mats, such as corduroy, fringe or lace, for patients to run their hands across.
The add-on items on activity mats are meant to be pulled apart, tied, zipped, touched and stroked. The repetitive motions of doing these activities can be comforting or soothing to patients who need to keep their hands moving and ease restlessness. Activity mats can be customized to specific patients’ hobbies and interests, like fishing, farming or gardening.
Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County is accepting activity mats from smoke-free and pet-free environments. All items must be securely attached to the activity mats. Contact the Volunteer Services department at 937.335.5191 for any questions or more information on how to make and donate activity mats.Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice, has been serving patients in Miami County since 1983. The not-for-profit hospice is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illnesses. Its outstanding care has earned recognition from the prestigious Hospice Honors program of HEALTHCAREfirst and Deyta Analytics.