Seamstress Rosie Rollins is producing gowns, costumes and other items for residents, staff and families
Maplewood resident Rosie Rollins has been a busy lady since a sewing machine was donated to the Brighton long-term care home.
A trained seamstress, Rollins has taken it upon herself to do any sewing and crocheting she can for residents, the home’s staff and family members.
She gladly accepts orders for costumes, slippers, toques and pyjamas, notes Rachel Corkery, Maplewood’s administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator.
“As we speak, she’s sewing away on our palliative-care dresses,” Corkery says, during a recent interview.
Corkery explains that Rollins was recently asked if she could work on sewing projects to benefit people who are at the end-of-life stage. Staff members always make a point of doing special things for residents receiving palliative care, and it was suggested that Rollins could help create new gowns for those at the end-of-life stage.
“We had a resident become palliative, and our PSWs had gone to look for a nice open-back gown for the resident, and we only had one, so that sparked the conversation that we need to get more,” Corkery recalls.
“Of course, Rosie was tickled pink that she was asked, and now she’s making all sorts of gowns.”
Other projects Rollins has completed include a nightgown for her roommate and a costume one staff member’s daughter wore at a powwow.
Corkery attests to Rollins’ high skill level.
“She doesn’t need a pattern; you just tell her what you want and she’ll make it, and she’ll be happy to do it,” she says.
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