Staff caring for patients living with dementia at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are appealing to knitters for help.
They need volunteers to help them produce Twiddlemuffs. These are knitted bands that items can be attached to and which a patient with dementia can ‘twiddle’ in their hands.
Anita Ruckledge, lead nurse for dementia care at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Twiddlemuffs have been found to be invaluable to patients on our elderly care wards especially if they are restless.
“They have been designed to help combat restlessness and agitation by keeping a patient’s hands busy as well as promoting increased flexibility and brain stimulation. Many of our patients find them reassuring and comforting.”
Each patient is given their own individual Twiddlemuff and these can then be taken home.
As Anita explained: “Patients can become very attached to their personal Twiddlemuff and because of infection control guidelines it is not possible to share these around, which is why we are appealing for help.”
Anyone who would like to knit a Twiddlemuff can download the pattern here: Twiddlemuffs knitting pattern [pdf] 220KB All completed Twiddlemuffs should be sent to Ward 43, Pinderfields Hospital, Aberford Road, Wakefield WF1 4DG.
“I really hope we can get local knitters interested in supporting this project,” said Anita. “It’s such a simple idea but it really works.”
Photo caption: From the left: Sister Tammy Gotts, Anita Ruckledge, Dementia Lead Nurse and Matron Tracy Campbell.