Homemade Items for Hospice Patients


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

14900 Conference Center DriveChantilly, VA 20151

About

Share your talents and passion by knitting, sewing and providing homemade crafts or care packages to the patients at Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care. These ideas work well both for individuals looking to make a difference or for group and team building efforts.

A couple of ideas are below:

  • Provide Cookie or Care Packages - Whether snacks and cookies or essential items, everyone loves getting care packages. Find some ideas for everyday items here: http://eldercareissues.blogspot.com/2015/11/care-package-for-elderly-essentials.html or edible items here: http://eldercareissues.blogspot.com/2015/11/care-baskets-for-elderly-edible-ideas.html
  • Make Cards for Special Occasions - Homemade cards are both given TO our patients and sent FROM our patients to their loved ones. For inspiration on how to make cards go to http://www2.fiskars.com/Ideas-and-How-Tos/Crafting-and-Sewing/Card-Making.
  • Arrange Flowers - Oftentimes flowers are used for a single day or special event and then discarded. Collecting and arranging these for hospice patients is one way to brighten their day. For ideas from the Bloom Project go to http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2014/09/the_bloom_project_donate_flowe.html
  • Make Blankets - no-sew fleece, quilted, crocheted or knitted blankets. 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
  • Make Keepsakes - Memory Pillows to provide comfort to family members who have lost a loved one. Often made from a favorite shirt or article of clothing, it will be treasured for years to come. 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

Skills

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

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

N/A

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