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« on: November 03, 2009 03:41:15 PM »

Crafting For Patients?
Hi. I was thinking about making items to deliver to my local children's hospital for the children with cancer and other terminal illnesses. I was thinking about doing Care Packages for the patients....what should I put in them? Also, I was thinking of maybe doing mini blankets. How would I go about doing this? Do you have a better idea for it?

Please lemme Know!
Thank you sooo much in advance!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2009 07:46:49 AM »

Maybe checking with the hospital first to see what's off limits and what they really need or want and go from there? Such a wonderful idea.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2009 01:58:43 PM »

Toys. Make toys. I have a baby who has seizures and we have been out of town twice now to see a doctor. It feels awful and parents are so exhausted. Nothing brightens everyones mood when they open a package with something homemade.

Dolls, cars, and I don't know what else. And maybe a note of encouragement to the parents. Travel things? Like little soaps and shampoos. Things for the kids and parents to do while waiting for the doctor. Maybe a little backpack. vegbee on indietutes has a wonderful toddler backpack that does not require velcro or zippers.

I hope this helped. I don't really know what crafts you do, but I do know how it is to travel and be in the hospital with a baby.
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2009 06:52:06 PM »

From my experience staying in the hospital, it is usually really cold in there.  Fuzzy warm socks and knit/fleece caps would be really nice for the kids.

For activities, maybe coloring books and crayons.

Also a note of encouragement to the patient and their caregivers is a nice touch.  Just knowing that other people care can really lift one's spirit!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2009 08:35:04 PM »

But the socks should have grippers on the bottoms because hospital floors are slippery.

And pillows. Hospital beds suck. When I had my son I could not get pregnant. Maybe a bookmark. Or a worry stone. Or something that smells nice. Or some cards. I don't know what else.
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2009 08:56:55 AM »

Hospitals are cold and really boring when you spend alot of time in them.  Mini blankets or throws, slippers/socks, cool hats (for cancer patients), fingerless mitts,  fun little books and games, fabric flowers (anyone with comprimised immunity cannot have live flowers), fun small things to hang off IV poles, a nifty pillowcase...  I would avoid anything that smells though, especially with cancer patients because its difficult to tell what might make you lose your lunch.  I think a nice card for the parents/caregivers is a great idea too!
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2009 11:33:25 AM »

Having worked in a children's hospital, I can tell you that they are cautious with homemade items because of infection control. For example, at the hospital where I worked we could accept knitted caps or socks but they had to be machine washed before we could take them. Anything machine washable should be fine. Anything that can be cleaned easily is best - keep infection control in mind! We could not accept any kind of home made foods because of patient allergies and infection control. Blankets are great, especially for pediatric patients, as are cute things to hang from IV poles like another poster mentioned. Hand sanitizer is nice, as are mini shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes, and other toiletry items for parents who have to stay a long time with their child. Making cards is great but if they're for cancer patients or other potentially terminally ill patients, you might want to stay away from phrases like "Get Well" because some people never do. Stick with things like "Have a good day" or something like that. Also, even if you say "I want this to go to terminally ill patients only" they may not be able to do that because of patient confidentiality. Whoever receives your donation may have no idea which patients are 'terminal' and which ones are not; we always used to ask if it was ok to give donations to any patient since you never know who might be having a bad day and could use a treat. The hospital should be able to tell you what they need the most so I would also recommend calling ahead. You are so sweet to do this for patients and I know they will appreciate it.  Smiley  Happy holidays.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2010 05:37:11 PM »

pretty patchwork pillowcases filled with a few toiletries and little washer. maybe a washable toy like a duckie
nothing worse than your face on a hospital pillow for months on end a washable pillowcase can be put on and off and can be gifted home or recyced for other children or patients to use.
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2010 10:42:26 AM »

bringing them Mini blankets is a good idea, or even those small stuff toys. but yeah, make sure first what the limitations are as per the hospital so your efforts wouldnt be thrown away
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2010 06:44:55 AM »

hi when my great aunt was in hospital, her room was cold and drafty, so I popped home and made her a patchwork lap quilt, she loved it, and would put it over her legs, or shoulders, other family members and patients asked where I got it,.....yes I ended up making 10 of them(they were so grateful), I used bargain bin scraps, and some wodding, and washed them before I took them in,
sometimes I think the elderly can be over looked
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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2010 04:14:53 PM »

still looking for ideas?
just one thing: REMEMBER THE TEENAGERS!
I'm in the children's hospital right now, and most of the stuff is geared towards kids/babies- but the majority of us on the floor are teens!! (14+) we get so bored! you could make craft kits, activity books, etc. also, teddy bears are awesome, but check with the hospital to see the rules, they have to be careful.
you're awesome for doing this!
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« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2010 04:42:21 PM »

That's a great reminder thatkid! Thanks!
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2010 10:00:33 AM »

you could see about picc line covers....i know when DD was in the hospital as a baby, it was so sad to see the lines going into her hands/feet/head and covered with gobs of tape. my MIL made some covers for her picc lines, and some little hats for when it was in her head, and it made a world of difference. and i definately 2nd (10th? lol) the blankets. DD has some handmade quilts that were donated to the NICU when she was there and she still uses them, and plays with the  ones that're too small to use. and not just quilts, we got some crocheted afghans, and some knitted items, and of course a few handmade toys.

for the teenagers, how about just normal everyday things to help brighten their days? like, ipod covers, or removable laptop stickers? when i've been ill, it's been little things like that that've cheered me up most, just having something pretty or fun to look at.
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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2010 08:00:42 AM »

I posted these ideas on another thread for children in the hospital, but what about coloring books, little drawing sets with markers, puzzles, sewing cards, felt story boards, and other little creative things kids can do on their own, like the little ready to make craft kits you can get from Oriental Trading Co.  They come several to a package, for just a buck or two per project for cost.
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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2010 03:40:21 PM »

My oldest goddaughter was born with a heart defect which meant many many many trips to the hospital because she would develop pneumonia very easily.  Hospital beds, even in nice children's wards, are so drab and really very depressing.  Anything colorful would've made things a lot cheerier -- a little blanket, a stuffed toy, a pillow, a bright picture or painting.

I second AlyssaKnits -- stuff for the older kids and even the parents to do.  I kept a journal when my goddaughter was in the hospital overnight, and her mother brought along baby pictures.  When my own mother was hospitalized for a week we had to bring her new magazines and books almost everyday, since she couldn't watch TV and couldn't get wireless internet.
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« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2010 06:27:06 PM »

this is such a great idea and i would really like to do something like this. i agree, the elderly can often get overlooked. i will look into crocheting for hospitals and nursing homes now...
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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2010 08:51:41 PM »

As a mother of a special needs son, who frequents hospitals A LOT... (autism, mitochondirals disease, epilepsy.. a whole shlew of other conditions)... I want to personally THANK ALL OF YOU who take the time and effort to bring a smile to my sons and family's face.

You all are true angels.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2011 11:10:45 AM »

I've been thinking about crocheting up a ton of finger puppets and stuffies and giving them to a local hospital with a children's ward. I was thinking of making a bunch of mario 1 Up mushrooms but could that offend some of the patients in anyway? would it make them happy or make them sad?

Would coasters, bookmarks, or both be a good idea to cheer up older patients?

I know I'll need to wash everything after it's made. Should I wrap each thing, or attach a little note somehow? What could the note say that would be sentsitive and understanding of all situations?  Something like "Smile, someone cares!"   ?      Any suggestions?

I read all the posts and now I really feel the need to set time aside to craft for charity.
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« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2011 02:52:03 PM »

Bookmarks are a great idea.
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« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2011 03:43:11 PM »

I think a note would be nice, but I probly wouldn't wrap items just so the staff knows what they are handing out. 
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