‘Twiddlemuffs’ helping local dementia patients

Published: Friday 15th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Knitting needles have become an unlikely saviour in the bid to soothe anxious dementia patients across East Yorkshire.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is distributing so-called, knitted “Twiddlemuffs” to patients, who can wear and play with the colourful, glove-like tubes.

Not only do they help to reduce stress, they also keep patients’ hands occupied, preventing them from doing things such as removing drips, it has been claimed.

Employees and occupants of a Beverley residential home in Goulding Court donated the first batch in December. Their creations have been distributed to Hull Royal Infirmary’s older people and those on orthopaedic wards.

Many are decorated with zips, bows, buttons and decorations, both internally and externally.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s lead dementia nurse Chris Venton said: “Twiddlemuffs are such a simple idea, and yet they can help to bring a lot of pleasure to people with dementia.

“We’re using Twiddlemuffs as a way of keeping patients with dementia occupied; essentially giving them something to twiddle with.

“People with dementia can get bored or anxious whilst they’re on the wards, and the Twiddlemuffs certainly seem to have a calming and comforting effect.”

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Published: Friday 15th January 2016 by The News Editor

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