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Community Matron Ann Friend (Left) and In-Patient Lead Linda Nurden (Right) with their Twiddlemuffs

Knitters needed to help people with dementia in Kent

Carers Club, the online support and help network for unpaid carers, is looking for keen volunteer knitters to help them give people with dementia relief from some of their symptoms by knitting ‘twiddlemuffs’.

Carers Club is run by Virgin Care, the organisation which delivers adult community health services for adults across Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley and Swale, and more widely across England. The site is a ‘one stop shop’ for carers – people who look after a friend, relative or other loved one who is unable to live independently without support, but who are not paid for the job – to access support and guidance on the help available to them.

Community Matron Ann Friend (pictured left) and Acting Lead for Inpatient care Linda Nurden (pictured right), are pictured sporting the Twiddlemuffs knitted by Ann’s mother in her spare time. The Twiddlemuffs have proven popular among service users with orders coming thick and fast.

Twiddlemuffs are approximately 20-inch-long tubes of wool with multi-textured and coloured attachments. They help occupy the hands of dementia sufferers, whose common symptoms include ‘restless hands’, as well as helping keep them warm.

Full instructions on making a Twiddlemuff are online at www.carersclub.org, and included below.

Ann said: “People with dementia often have restless hands, and like to keep them occupied. These ‘twiddlemuffs’ provide a fantastic source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation – and keep their hands warm.”

Completed Twiddlemuffs can be sent or dropped off at reception for the attention of Ann Friend, Community Hospital Matron for Virgin Care at Gravesham Community Hospital. The Twiddlemuffs will be used with the dementia patients seen in, and by staff from, the hospital.

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