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Date: 25 June 2022
Dementia Blankets, Cannula Sleeves and Twiddle Muffs Appeal
We are very grateful to our local community who have been supporting us by using their creative talents to knit and crochet dementia blankets, cannula sleeves and twiddle muffs over the last few years.
Dementia blankets are usually 90cm x 90cm (or 3ft by 3ft), brightly coloured crochet or knitted wool blankets. They are handed to our patients when they are settled on the ward and help to provide a less clinical feel to their bed and as they are brightly coloured, a way of identifying where they are sleeping. Most of our patients are of the age group where they remember either their mum’s or family members knitting/crocheting and this then provides an opportunity to talk about their memories . As they are single use, our patients are encouraged to take them home.
Twiddle Muffs are knitted hand muffs with textured items attached inside and out, that provide people with dementia with comfort and provide stimulation for improved wellbeing. They can also help to keep cold hands warm and patients can take their blanket / twiddle muff home with them when they are discharged from hospital.
Cannula Sleeves - these are helpful to prevent patients with dementia from trying to remove cannulas, so if you are able to provide these, then please feel free to use the pattern shared below.
Do you enjoy knitting or crocheting?
These items are fun to make and yet can provide a person with dementia in the community or acute hospital setting, with a tool to enable daily wellbeing.
These are perfect craft projects to use up any left over and odd balls of wool you have, and once knitted can be decorated with a variety of spare items and we could be very grateful if you would like to make one.
Decorating twiddle muffs
You can use your imagination to decorate the muff, inside and out, with ribbons, beads, flowers loops, pompoms, buttons, etc. Knit a separate pocket for a favourite photo or a hanky.
How to support this appeal:
If you are a crafty creative type and enjoy knitting, you can follow the pattern here (twiddle muff) or for a Cannula Sleeve pattern here or use your own if it has similar dimensions.
Donating your items:
Any donations of blankets or twiddle muffs can be left at the main reception desk, St. Mary’s Hospital.
For more information please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01983 822099 Ext 3479.