Woollen muffs designed to help combat restlessness and agitation in people living with dementia are proving a hit with residents at a Camelot Care group home.
The 45 ‘Twiddle Muffs’ have been donated by the Women’s Institute of Somerset to residents at Camelot House nursing home in Chelston near Taunton.
“Many patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia find them comforting and therapeutic as they help encourage movement and brain stimulation,” said Bonnie Frear, Camelot’s deputy manager.
“Anxiety can be part of their dementia causing periods of distress and agitation. The Twiddle Muffs can really help them focus on things.
“They are also a really good topic of conversation, something different to talk about. They are going to be a really good asset for us and our activities team.”
The muffs come with ribbon, bead, jewel, cellophane, lace and zip attachments that people can twiddle in their hands.
They were created by Margaret Light for her grandmother Lily after she became visually impaired.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025.
Camelot Care has recently been awarded its second Quality Hallmark Award by the National Gold Standards Framework Centre, the UK’s largest provider of training in end-of-life care, both times with ‘Beacon’ status, the highest accolade possible.