Homemade Items for Hospice Patients

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Optum Palliative and Hospice Care


Share your talents and passion by knitting, sewing and providing homemade crafts or care packages to the patients at Optum Palliative and Hospice Care.

Please contact Optum Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, April Braun ( april_braun@optum.com or 571-262-5200) for more information on how you or your organization can help. A couple of ideas are below:

Blankets for the Terminally Ill

Making no-sew fleece, quilted, crocheted or knitted blankets for Optum Palliative and Hospice Care's Terminally Ill Patients is a great event to do individually, as a family or as a team builder at work. Since most patients feel the cold more than heat, blankets all through the year are welcomed. The preferable blanket size would be the smaller throw size simply because these blankets work better with patients who use a wheelchair. Homemade blankets many times become family heirlooms or touch stones when a caregiver's loved one has passed. For easy step-by-step instructions for no-sew fleece blankets see link: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Fleece-Tie-Blanket

Sew Memory Pillow for Bereaved Family Members

Do you like to sew? Consider volunteering to make Memory Pillows to provide comfort and a special connection family members who have lost a loved one. Optum Hospice Volunteers will be given an article of clothing from the patient that holds a special significance or special memories. It could be a favorite sweatshirt, pajama top, dress, flannel shirt, or even a bathrobe. No matter what the article is, it will be something that will remind the family of their loved one and the pillow will often become a treasured family heirloom. Hospice is committed to providing comfort and care, even during the bereavement stage, and we hope these pillows will offer the same warmth. For pillow ideas and instructions see link: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-throw-pillows-out-of-old-t-shirts


  • Veteran Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Crocheting
  • Knitting
  • Quilting
  • Sewing

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Kids Teens People 55+ Group

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