Carers knit dementia patients gifts

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A group of carers from Warrington have been hard at work knitting extra special gifts for patients with dementia.

Volunteers, keen to help those with dementia, have been making twiddle muffs, which are knitted bands with attachments on the outside and inside, Warrington Guardian reports. These include embellishments such as zips, beads and ribbons for people to fiddle with.

These knitted designs may sound unusual but the creations have in fact been designed specifically with dementia patients in mind, as they can help to combat the restlessness and agitation with which those with the condition can commonly suffer from.

By having the twiddle muffs on them, dementia patients can then keep their hands busy while stimulating their minds at the same time.

Sue Lawton, the founder of Carers U Knitted, told the newspaper that the group has been knitting together since October 2012 and “are always looking for new ideas”.

She explained this after reading an article in the same publication which said that Warrington and Halton hospital was seeking knitters to make the designs and has so far made around 60.

The group of full-time carers enjoy making the designs and are thankful that they can help towards such an important cause. However, this is not the only reason those involved get so much out of the activity as they told the paper that they see the knitting time as therapeutic and use it as an opportunity to relax, gossip and support one another.

This has led to many great friendships while also helping many dementia patients with their condition.

If you’re keen to volunteer your knitting skills to help your local community then knitting twiddle muffs could be a great place to start. Get in touch with nearby hospitals, care homes and craft groups to see what opportunities already exist out there and whether these handy little designs could be of help.

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