Residents of Rogers House Residential Care Home in Wigmore have been spending the rainy afternoons knitting mother and baby bonding squares for the baby unit at St Thomas’s Hospital.
Knitted in pairs, bonding squares are becoming increasingly popular within neonatal units in hospitals to help mothers bond with their premature babies. One square is placed with a premature baby and another is worn against the mum’s skin, then the squares are swapped round every 12 hours, or every time mum visits.
As a result, the baby can smell mum’s scent even when she isn’t there or isn’t able to get the baby out of its incubator, and then when she goes home she can still smell the baby’s scent on the square she has with her, which is a big comfort. Not only this, but many mums also find that it really helps with expressing breast milk.
Lots of the ladies at Rogers House are keen knitters, regularly making blankets, booties, hats and other items, so when they heard about the bonding squares, they were thrilled to get involved with the project. Some of the staff have been knitting squares in their own time too!
Lorraine Laker, Care Coordinator at Rogers House commented: “Our residents love knitting so they were more than happy to get involved with knitting some bonding squares for St Thomas’s Hospital and our staff were keen to join in too.
“We’ve made lots already and the residents want to carry on, as they’re having such a positive impact on the mothers and babies who receive them.”
Meanwhile residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge have been making the most of the spring heatwave and enjoyed all the fun of the fair, in the comfort of their own garden.
With plenty of traditional games on offer, residents of the Tudeley Lane care home made the most of the unseasonably warm weather and spent some time together playing games in the garden.
Staff organised plenty of vintage games including Hook a Duck, Shove Ha’penny, Ring Toss and Tin Can Alley, the residents all gave it a go and were delighted with their prizes.
After tackling the games, fairgoers were treated to traditional funfair snacks of popcorn and candy floss, whilst relaxing in the sun and chatting about their memories of going to the fair during their younger days.
Nicky Pett, General Manager of Barnes Lodge commented: “Now the weather is warming up, we are making the most of our lovely garden here at Barnes Lodge by hosting lots of activities outside and dining outside when we can too.
“The residents really enjoyed the traditional games, which certainly took them back to their younger days when summer holidays were spent at the fairground.”