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    I made a wheelchair quilt for my sister for Christmas and took it to the home she is residing but didn't think about it much since the weather is warmer but yesterday I decided to look in her cupboard to see if it was put away and to my shock it has disappeared! Inquiries from staff didn't bring any results. Just really upset about this it took me months to put the squares together which I had already cut years ago in red white and green left over from other project done many years ago, days before rotary cutters. Can you you believe this. I labelled with her name and even sewed it into the quilting so when they did laundry it wouldn't come off. Just had to vent.

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    nursing homes are notorious for missing resident's personal items!

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    That's why I chose to do my Mom's own laundry. I have heard stories like that....

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    That is why I did my Mom's laundry for her. Even with that, some things disappeared and some strange things appeared. She was in an alzheimers unit and I can't blame the residents for wandering and picking up things. You will probably never find it...sorry...

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    So sorry to hear that. Maybe someone will feel guilty and bring it back. BrendaK

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    Maybe it just got misplaced.

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    Ask the staff to keep an eye out for it. Also talk personally to the laundry people. Sometimes things do get put in the wrong rooms. My DS is the nurse incharge at a large nursing home and this is always an issue. They have a couple of residents who regularly "help themselves" to others property. They don't even understand that it isn't ok. Names on articles do help but priceless things probably shouldn't be taken into long term care.

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    I made my mom simple quick quilts from colours she loved. That way I knew that if they disappeared they could easily be replaced. They didn't loose her quilts but sometimes we did have to go hunting for some of her clothes.

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    A true story: My beautician took her father-in-law, a nursing home resident, out for lunch. She noticed that he was having a difficult time chewing. Gave him a napkin and asked him to give her his denture. Low and behold, he had someone else's teeth!

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    When my Brother in law was in a nursing home, they even swiped his shirts! Its terrible what some people will do!

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    I made one for my Grandmother and it dissappeared the same way at the nursing home. There is no way that I know of protecting the presonal items. They tend to grow feet and just walk away.

    Someone must have needed it more than my Grandmother. I hope they are warm and dry.

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    Keep walking around and looking into different rooms. A lot of the "residents" will pick up whatever they like and take it back to their own "cave" and openly use it there. My DH was in a nursing home for 3 years and this happened often, easy to notice because he loved his violently colored Hawaiian shirts he bought when we vacationed there. I simply "visited" other empty rooms with an aide, and she would flip open the doors and help me take DH's shirts back. I tried to keep calm about it because it helped get a lot of assistance from the workers there.

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    I just started a job in a nursing home beauty shop.Try not to judge because they are really confused at this stage.I'm making a wall hanging art work,and I think I am going to hung it in the shop.If you have your art work or quilt on the wall then they could enjoy it as decoration.So sorry about the quilt and hope it shows up.

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    Made purple twin quilt for my aunt to use on her bed. It not last a week. why do we but names on them there still gone to be gone the next we go see the family. You know if the persons that take it would just let us know they need a quilt, I would gave them ONE.

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    yep, happens very often. it's sad but this does happen everywhere.

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    I had heard that items are taken in '91 when I made this for my grandmother. Red and yellow were her favorite colors. It was easy to see who it belonged to.
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    I would keep asking!! I was in a rehab/nursing home for 8 months and there was a couple of older people that was wheelchair bound, but wheeled themselves around the hall and other rooms.
    I was sitting in my room when one of these ladies who had dementia came in my room and started to take something off of my dresser, I told her to put it back but she said it was hers and off she went. i had to get the aide go get it back from her.
    One day 2 ladies got in a fist fight over this. One had a black eye when the dust settled.

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    I lost my first hand made afghan that way. .....so sorry for your lost.

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    My DMIL's disappeared off of her bed when she was in a nursing home. Her name was on it plain as day. I eventually got it back but it took several weeks. Good luck finding it..........

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    Maybe they washed it and it is in the clean laundry room - that's where I found my Dad's afghan.

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    Sorry to hear that. Hope is walks back in.

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    Sad. So sad that people can't keep their paws off things that do not belong to them. So sad.

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    My mothers teeth disappeared. The response from the administrator 'valuables should be placed in the office safe' Sometimes the staff likes things and swipe them, so don't always blame the residents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbeyes
    I made a wheelchair quilt for my sister for Christmas and took it to the home she is residing but didn't think about it much since the weather is warmer but yesterday I decided to look in her cupboard to see if it was put away and to my shock it has disappeared! Inquiries from staff didn't bring any results. Just really upset about this it took me months to put the squares together which I had already cut years ago in red white and green left over from other project done many years ago, days before rotary cutters. Can you you believe this. I labelled with her name and even sewed it into the quilting so when they did laundry it wouldn't come off. Just had to vent.
    As a frequent volunteer at our local nursing home and assisted living home, I have seen many times that residents will "visit" another resident's room. If one sees something that might remind them of their past, they just pick it up and take it along to their room. They don't mean to do anything bad, but aging minds have a tendency to do things they would never have done earlier in life. Just watch for the quilt each time you visit. Eventually you may find who is enjoying your lovely quilt.

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    quilt i made for my father in law "disappeared" also. he took it to dialysis treatments. i stitched his name in as well as put it on the label. i will quilt his name throughout in the next wheelchair quilt. so sad.....

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