Seniors making their final journey from Wynn Park Villa can do so beneath a lovingly-stitched quilt donated by a resident’s daughter.
Jane Maddin, whose 96-year-old father lives at Wynn Park, stitched the multicoloured quilt over the last year, including the words ‘love’, ‘honour’, ‘dignity’ and ‘respect’ on its patchwork, which she donated to residence staff on March 27.
“It makes me feel better that someone is respecting them as they leave,” said Maddin. “The staff are very, very caring and it bothered me that they were unable to show the respect they had for residents and this allows them to do that.”
As well as the wording, Maddin’s quilt contains stars, hearts and feathers hidden in the design, which is a disappearing nine-patch scheme and includes two secondary patterns. Its main colours are tan and blue, which she felt was appropriate for both men and women.
Maddin stitched her quilt after reading about an American nursing home on Facebook, which bade goodbye to its deceased residents with an honour guard of staff, who covered the body with a blanket similar to hers.
Wynn Park administrator Sheila Peck said having the honour quilt on hand will help her staff to grieve properly when a senior dies, as close bonds can develop between caregivers and residents, often over many years.
“There’s a lot of crying going on and there’s a lot of thought about the residents,” said Peck. “I think it’s good for the staff to say a final goodbye and the family really appreciates it.”
She said Maddin “put her heart and soul” into making her honour quilt.