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Summer 2017
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Handmade Donations Bring Comfort to Patients

Comfort quilts.
Run by the case management team at Mid Coast Hospital, the Caring Touch Program seeks to make patient rooms feel more like home by adding soothing and comforting elements. The program relies on the generous handmade donations from knitters and sewers in the community. Handmade donations are used to improve the patient experience and truly make a difference in their care.

Patients and their families find great meaning and comfort in the special quilts and blankets that add color, warmth, and love to the sterile hospital setting. These items are often given to patients who are very ill, receiving hospice or palliative care, and may also have very little support while in the hospital. The handmade quilt or blanket is given to the family to take home as a memory, providing much comfort and gratitude if the loved one has passed.

There are many stories and memories generated from the laying of quilts and blankets at Mid Coast Hospital. The son of a hospice patient recently reflected about his mother, "She always made things for others and this is the first time she has been given such a gift.”

This afghan had a profound impact on this family at a time of grief and loss.
Community members also contribute handmade baby hats and blankets that are used in Maternity Care. In this fast-paced world, it is wonderful for a new mom to take home a cap and/or a blanket for her newborn, knitted or crocheted with great love and care for the baby. Lap robes are also donated for older patients that may be in need of a little extra comfort during their stay.

The Caring Touch Program allows community members to volunteer their time and talents outside of the hospital.It is just one of the many volunteer opportunities available throughout Mid Coast–Parkview Health that help us deliver outstanding healthcare while keeping costs as low as possible. More information about volunteering at Mid Coast–Parkview Health, as well as resources and patterns for knitters, are available here.
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