Helping Your Senior Leave a Legacy with a Family Quilt

Leaving a legacy is something that is very valuable to many elderly adults. The thought of being able to pass along something to future generations that will ensure the family remembers them and the impact that they made, and that was made by the people before them, can help your senior to feel more meaningful and important as they age in place. There are many ways that your parent can accomplish this, but one that is particularly meaningful and enjoyable is creating a family quilt. This project offers the exceptional benefits of quilting, which include stimulating the mind, improving memory, boosting mental and emotional health, and encouraging personal expression, while also giving something meaningful to future members of the family.

Elderly Care in Kentwood MI: Making a Family Quilt

Elderly Care in Kentwood MI: Making a Family Quilt

Use these tips to help your senior leave a legacy with a family quilt:

  • Gather fabric items that hold meaning, such as t-shirts, baby clothing, and other blankets that can be used in the quilt.
  • Go to the fabric store together to choose other fabrics that will bring the rest of the pieces together and create a cohesive theme.
  • Design the quilt together, but encourage your parent to give as much input as they can.
  • Use permanent fabric pens to write on each of the important pieces telling what it is, who it belonged to, and the year it was used.
  • While you are working on the quilt, keep a journal. Write down the pieces that you are using, why you chose them, how they are being used, the memories that they are bringing up, and the feelings that you and your parent are having throughout the experience.
  • Take pictures of the process to include them in the journal. Encourage your parent to write captions for the pictures and to include their own journal entries.


If you have been looking for ways to encourage your parent to live to their fullest during their later years, now may be the ideal time for you to start elderly care for them. There is a common misconception that elderly care is only for those who are extremely old or who have extensive and severe needs and limitations. While these people certainly benefit from having elderly care, those who are younger or still maintain function and independence can also benefit largely from the highly personalized services provided by such a care provider. The services of an elderly home care services provider can address your parent’s needs while also helping them to stay active, keep their mind sharp and responsive, support health and well-being, and encourage high quality of life and independence as they age in place.

If you or someone you know needs help with elderly care in Kentwood, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.