Roadtrip produces patchwork blanket to mark Dignity Day

A roadtrip around Telford and Wrekin’s nursing homes called on green-fingered and crafty residents to 'put the Dig and Knit' back into dignity.

Members of the CCG’s Safeguarding and Quality teams, joined Shropshire Community Health Trust colleagues, in visits to all 53 of the area’s nursing, residential and learning disability homes, for 2015’s Dignity Action Day, at the beginning of February.

Christine Morris, Executive Nurse team at the CCG, said: “We wanted to do something creative this year with Dignity Action Day, and while nationally the Dignity in Care campaign marked it with Digni-Tea mornings across the country, we wanted to place the emphasis on something that allowed our residents to use their skills and really get involved.”

To engage people, the CCG took a packet of sunflower seeds to each of the homes to plant, and asked staff and residents to record the heights and send in photos of the resulting blooms as they come to flower.

“At the same time, we asked all the homes to knit a 15cm by 15cm square, which was collected on the day and sewn together to produce a Telford and Wrekin Dignity Blanket,” explained Chris.

“We wanted to present the finished blanket to someone less fortunate than ourselves, so it will be donated to the Telford Community Store.”