Elderly residents at the Orchards Nursing Home in Crewkerne have received a batch of knitted muffs from the ladies of Crewkerne Women’s Institute. The knitted hand coverings are known as twiddle muffs and have been proven to help with those suffering from Dementia, who are prone to having restless hands.
Decorations on the muffs can vary from ribbons, beads, loops, felt flowers, pom-poms and buttons, providing a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation and at the same time, keeping hands snug and warm. Many hospitals, nursing homes and organisations that work with elderly people, are collecting twiddle muffs, as their therapeutic benefits become more widely known.
The twiddle muff project is a Women’s Institute (WI) creative initiative with a knitting pattern available to craft groups. Twiddle muffs help people suffering from Dementia and associated illnesses, where restless hands constantly like to twiddle things. Crewkerne WI members Carol Chattaway and Anne Butler presented 16 twiddle muffs to Beth Jackson, one of the activities coordinators at the Orchards, during a cheese and wine evening at the nursing home.