This is a twiddlemuff. They provide comfort and stimulation for people with dementia, and they’ve had rave reviews from dementia patients, their families, and health professionals. And they have a super cute name.
Brenda Moore noticed her mother-in-law, who had Alzheimer’s, was constantly picking at her face. Restless hands are a common problem for people with dementia, causing them to fidget with anything in reach.
To stop her mother-in-law from fidgeting and leaving herself with sores and scabs on her face, Brenda discovered twiddlemuffs.
They’re short, knitted, handwarmer-like creations covered in buttons, ribbons, and bits for people to twiddle with, and they’re doing amazing work.
Thanks to DWP staff in Kirkcaldy for kind donation of twiddlemuffs for patients living with dementia -www.nhsfife.org pic.twitter.com/VMbX5i0zZa
— NHS Fife (@nhsfife) November 16, 2016
Sadly, Brenda’s mother-in-law never got a twiddlemuff, as she passed away. But ever since, Brenda has been busy knitting her own, challenging herself to make 200 twiddlemuffs to donate to a local Alzheimer’s society.
They take around two days to make, and all around the world knitting groups, nursing homes, and others are busy making thousands of twiddlemuffs for dementia patients.
— Emily Mulvaney (@Emilyloveselvis) November 29, 2016
“Twiddlemuffs are a bit like making a scarf,” explain Brenda, “The first half is textured wools of every kind for about 11 inches. You sew the ends together so you have a long tube.”
“Then, add buttons, zips, pom poms, ribbons, anything of a tactile nature that can be twiddled.”
If you’d like to make a twiddlemuff, you can find instructions here.
Big thanks to Rainbow Corner Knit and Natter Group for hand crafting all of these Twiddlemuffs! A huge help for people with dementia pic.twitter.com/m7u4D2Bamc
— Stockton Council (@stocktoncouncil) November 25, 2016