Twiddlemuffs helping dementia patients

Staff on the orthopaedic ward have been focusing on new ways to help their dementia patients.

Associate practitioner Carol Brown attended a dementia course and came away with some interesting ideas that the staff on the ward have since introduced.

twiddlemuffs-dementiaOlder persons nurse practitioner Michelle Wild (pictured right) explained ‘’We have brought some items onto the ward proven to help and comfort dementia patients. We have dolls which the patients enjoy to nurse and hold, memory cards and activities that involve making and building.

‘’Another fantastic resource is the twiddlemuff which our staff and their relatives have kindly been knitting at home in their spare time.

”Twiddlemuffs are a knitted muff with items such as beads and ribbons attached to the inside for people to twiddle with to keep their hands occupied.

‘’Twiddlemuffs are a knitted muff with items such as beads and ribbons attached to the inside for people to twiddle with to keep their hands occupied.

Michelle Wild

‘’Often dementia patients have restless hands and like to have something to play with and keep their hands busy. Twiddlemuffs provide visual and sensory stimulation and at the same time keep hands nice and warm!”

Sue Dalgleish (pictured left), also an associate practitioner in orthopaedics said ‘’The twiddlemuffs have been a great success, it’s wonderful to see how much they benefit the patients.

‘’Often we find our dementia patients have pulled out their IV tubes, giving them a twiddlemuff offers a distraction and has prevented this happening in most cases.

‘’It would be great for people who enjoy to knit in their spare time to get involved and help us make more for the patients.’’

Follow this link to see instructions on how to make a twiddlemuff

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