St. Luke’s geriatric psychiatry unit receives donation

Published 3:44 pm Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Barbara Hoyle, CNA, and Wanda Thompson, activities director for the St. Luke’s Hospital’s geriatric psychiatry unit, admire one of the donated afghans. (photo submitted by Jennifer Wilson)

The St. Luke’s Hospital geriatric psychiatry unit is ready for Christmas, thanks to the donation of afghans from Pure Country Weavers in Lynn. These afghans are carefully wrapped, lovingly placed under the Christmas tree and will be given to the patients who are on the unit at Christmas.
Started in 1988, Pure Country Weavers is a family owned business that makes all of its products in Lynn. Company officials said it is one of the largest weavers today and the largest fine arts tapestry provider in the world.
“This donation is perfect for our residents,” said Wanda Thompson, activities director for St. Luke’s geriatric psychiatry unit. “I think it is wonderful that Pure Country cares enough about our patients to help us. It’s very touching and wonderful to know that we have a gift for each patient on the unit on Christmas Day. For some, this may be the only gift they will receive!”
As part of its mission to the community, St. Luke’s Hospital offers a 10-bed inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit that serves adults age 55 and over. The unit specializes in the diagnoses and treatment of diseases such as depression, anxiety and panic disorders, Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s, psychosis, bipolar and mood disorders and schizophrenia. Referrals are accepted from physicians, social services, family, friends, community providers, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities or self-referral. Staff is available for free in-home assessments to determine the appropriate level of care.
For more information, call St. Luke’s at 828-894-3525 ext. 3333.
– article submitted by Jennifer Wilson

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