4th September 2015 – A heart-warming response to an appeal to help dementia patients
Health workers at Airedale Hospital have been overwhelmed by the response to their appeal for people to knit ‘Twiddlemuffs’ to help patients with dementia at Airedale Hospital.
Hundreds of the brightly coloured muffs created as eye-catching distractions have been sent in from knit and natter groups, individuals and other groups within the local community – and many more would be welcome.
The project has proved a huge success and is being rolled out throughout the hospital. They are presented in a pack to patients who are withdrawn or lacking in stimulation, agitated or restless, lacking energy or needing comfort and warmth.
Sara Robinson, senior nurse, and Jo Ogden, physiotherapy assistant, who help look after frail and elderly patients, have been encouraging volunteers to knit the Twiddlemuffs which were launched at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust during national dementia week in May.
Sara said: “I feel very privileged to be involved in such a lovely, worthwhile project. We are overwhelmed and surprised by how kind member of the public have been. Many have a heart-warming story to tell and our local community is keen to donate as dementia is often an illness close to many people’s hearts.
“We are very grateful for all the donations and really need this to continue so that we can sustain the project long-term.”
Jo said: “Around a quarter of the patients we care for live with dementia and these Twiddlemuffs may help settle them down and can also provide a source of stimulation and distraction.
“The Twiddlemuffs are been used in many different circumstances within the hospital and people in our community have been amazing and enjoy giving that little bit back to our trust.
“We have been told stories of ladies joining knit and natter groups just to knit for us when previously they haven’t socialised very much.”
Knitting patterns and information about the initiative are available on the trust’s website at www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk For further information about the project or to volunteer, you can email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org