Saint John HS Youth Philanthropy Board and The Ashtabula Foundation donate Comfort Buddies

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Thanks to the support from the Saint John High School Youth Philanthropy Board and The Ashtabula Foundation our patients in Ashtabula will receive Comfort Buddies and weighted lap blankets!

With their gift, 50 hospice patients living with dementia will be given a lap blanket or a Comfort Buddy. We’ve found that patients feel less agitated and anxious with these therapeutic items. They’re a great way to bring peace, comfort and stability in ways that medications often cannot. Patients – and their loved ones – will be able to relax, rest and sleep more soundly.

Comfort Buddies are weighted, scented stuffed animals that patients can hold or cuddle. The lap blankets are made from a plush fabric and weighted up to five pounds with beads safely sewn into their inner lining. Both comfort items help dementia patients feel centered and calm. The weight, texture and scent can help calm them while providing a comforting textural therapy.

We’re so grateful the Saint John High School Youth Philanthropy Board and The Ashtabula Foundation for their support! It means the world to us to provide items like these to our patients.
 

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