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Lillian Martin residents benefit from TasTAFE student project

RESIDENTS at Mornington’s Uniting Aged Care Lillian Martin residential facility will benefit from a donation of ‘‘busy blankets” created by TasTAFE Introduction to Nursing students.

As part of their course, the 15 students have participated in a variety of units including the “Support Group Work” subject, which required them to research, design and create a busy blanket for donation.

Busy blankets are small lap blankets made to comfort people with dementia and Alzheimers disease and patients who have suffered a stroke.

Students discovered many purposes for the blankets including stimulating the mind, helping to promote or maintain fine motor skills, as a talking point, or simply to provide warmth and comfort.

Students formed three groups and worked together over nine weeks to come up with three unique styled blankets, which they presented to Lillian Martin residents in May.

Students and residents enjoyed afternoon tea and a chat following the presentation of the blankets.

Lillian Martin integrated services manager Jane Johnston said she was very happy to receive the blankets on behalf of the residents and thanked the students for their work.

“The busy blankets had an immediate impact with the residents enjoying touching the different materials used to make the blankets,” she said.

Twelve of the students involved in the project will advance into the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing next term when the Introduction to Nursing course concludes.

To find out more about TasTAFE nursing courses visit www.tastafe.tas.edu.au or call 1300 655 307.