DRESSING TIP: Shawls are a patient’s best friend!

 In Clothing, Coping with Chronic illness, Patient Experience

A shawl, wrap or scarf is not perhaps the first thing you would think of when packing your bag for hospital but, as a veteran patient, it is my top tip! For in- and outpatients. For men and women. In whatever natural fabric your prefer: wool, cotton, viscose, or silk. I would even say that it is a good idea to have several to hand!   

This simple rectangle of fabric is the ultimate multi-tasker. 

  • Keeps you warm when you go outside for some much-needed fresh air;

  • Helps to cover you up and keep your modesty while waiting for an examination or treatment; and,

  • Can make your hospital room feel more like home when used as a blanket on your bed or draped over a chair.

These wonderfully versatile little bits of cloth can even help you feel better! Colour therapists will advise you that by taking several shawls or scarves of different colours – ideally one of each of the seven chakra shades (red, orange, yellow, green, blue,indigo and violet) – you can reflect and support your physical and emotional wellbeing.  For more information on colour therapy, click here. 

And of course, men are just as able to benefit from a colourful shawl or blanket laid on a bed or chair, even if they don’t want to wear them around their shoulders.  

So pop a few of your favourites in your hospital bag!

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Thank you for visiting our website.  After three and a half years of trading, we took the difficult decision to close our doors in December 2019.  Thank you to all who shared our commitment to improving patient wellbeing with adapted clothing suited to the realities of medical treatment. Together we achieved so much – please view our three minutes of memories here.

  • If would like to purchase some of our clothing, we encourage you to contact AnnaDane Wellness, based in Texas USA.
  • If you are a company or charity that is interested in producing our patient clothing, we have decided to offer our award-winning designs for free. You can use them as they are, or as the basis of your own collection. Please contact Claire Robinson at claireingawellbeing@google.com, if you would like to know more.
  • If you are a hospital that would like to offer your patients an improved experience and improve their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing, our institutional collection is being further developed and tested by a Dutch university hospital and we would be delighted to put you in touch with them. Please contact Nikla Lancksweert at niklaingawellbeing@google.com

We wish you all the very best for the future,

The INGA Wellbeing team:

Claire, Nikla, Fiona and Christine