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Donated twiddle muffs help residents with dementia

6 August 2018

Cornwall Care was delighted to receive knitted twiddle muffs from two lovely ladies.

Jan L kindly knitted and donated six muffs, and Christina Daniel (pictured) donated 40! 

Wow, she has been busy!

These twiddle muffs will be sent to Cornwall Care homes who have residents living with Dementia or Alzheimer’s. 

What is a Twiddle Muff?

A twiddle muff is a knitted, crocheted or fabric tube with accessories (or ‘notions’) such as ribbons and buttons sewn on to them. They are usually made up of many yarn textures, with notions sewn on the inside and outside of the muff. This allows for the person’s hands to stay warm while they are able to twiddle with the ‘notions’.

How can Twiddle Muffs help people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s?

They provide sensory and tactile stimulation for restless 'fidgety' hands - both on the outer side of the knitted muff and also the inside part of the muff. For many people with Dementia, there are changes to their personalities, one of which is to become increasingly agitated.

Twiddle muffs can help ease their agitation and calm their mood by keeping their hands and minds occupied. Many hospital wards have found that the muffs have a positive effect on patients by keeping them comforted, as well as encouraging movement and brain stimulation.

Cornwall Care would like to extend our gratitude to both ladies for their hard work. The muffs are colourful and feel so soft, they are gorgeous! Our residents will love them! 

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