Knitters needed for a helping hand
you a keen knitter, or do you prefer to crochet? If so, your skills
could make a difference for an elderly person in hospital.
Manchester Royal Infirmary and Trafford General are reaching out
to local hobbyists for help making handmade 'twiddlemitts' for
patients with dementia. A twiddlemitt (below) is a hand held muff
that has been designed with added buttons, beads, ribbons and zips
to provide simple stimulation for active hands, while also keeping
Having something to 'twiddle' can have a calming effect on a
person with dementia, and a direct impact on the quality of their
Nicola Johnson, Dementia Nurse Specialist said: "Twiddlemitts
can be an excellent way to ease the distress some people living
with dementia may experience whilst in hospital. We would love you
to be involved - they're great fun to make and such a worthwhile
"This initiative is part of a larger programme we're working on
here at Central Manchester Hospitals to improve the experience of
our patients with dementia."
If you would like to make a twiddlemitt, or even a few, they
will be gratefully received by nursing staff at the hospitals.
Patterns are available below for both knitted and crocheted
patterns. Click the link for the pattern you need:
If you would like to find out more then please don't hesitate to
contact Nicola Johnson by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send your completed Twiddlemitts to the addresses
Trafford General: Joanne Berry, Management
offices, Trafford General Hospital, Moorside Road, Manchester, M41
MRI: Nicky Johnson, C/O The Quality Improvement
Team, 1st Floor Cobbett House.