It’s a tradition that began hundreds of years ago and a skill that has been passed from generation to generation. Knitting, sewing and embroidery have long been recognised as effective way to boost mental health, provide stimulation and the sharing of experiences in a creative environment. Evidence also indicates that needlecraft can benefit dementia sufferers, translating their reminiscences into tactile quilts. Fashioned from vintage patterns and textures, they provide a sensory trigger to memory, as a prompt to conversation with carers and relatives.
At Ibis Care we actively encourage all of our residents to participate in cultural and generational learning opportunities. Two of our wonderful Blakehurst residents, Philippa Holy and Kamla Baweja, have been sharing their skills and creativity with other residents and staff. Philippa and Kamla have also been creating a ‘stitch in time’ by passing on their knowledge to our in-house beautician, Stephanie. In connecting one generation to the next, Stephanie has been learning how to make cosies and baby clothes along with some life lessons from her experienced mentors.