Some people refer to their ancestry as a “family tree,” but associates at Life Care Center of Cheyenne, Wyoming, took this concept literally by crafting an impressive quilted tree of life.


Calling themselves the Life Care Quilters, a group of associates from various departments – including speech therapists, restorative aides, the activity director and the facility psychologist – worked together for six months to complete the quilt.


“We wanted a project to celebrate the lives of our residents, past and present,” said Joyce Blue, restorative and wellness aide. “We came to realize that the associates are as much a part of this, and together, we make a family.”


They began with a simple tree print and started subsequently adding the names of residents, associates and family members until the quilt totaled 189 names. Anyone could purchase a name for $2 as a fundraiser for the activities department.


“Our residents love the quilt and wanted to see the progress each week,” said Blue. “Our tree of life will hang in our facility to be enjoyed by all.”