Ambulance service appeals for knitters to create ‘twiddlemuffs’ for dementia patients – Bishop’s Stortford Independent
Bishop’s Stortford’s ambulance service is appealing for knitters to help create a comforter for patients with dementia.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust wants to provide every crew with a stock of Twiddlemuffs.
The knitted handmuff is decorated with buttons and ribbons internally and externally, which allows patients living with dementia to have visual and sensory stimulation when going to hospital.
Education and training officer Heidi Clements, said: “I gave the pattern to my Nan, a seasoned knitter, and asked her to produce some samples for delivery of our dementia care trainingsessions. These sessions are being delivered to all staff in EEAST to improve understanding of the condition, and to ensure our staff can offer the most appropriate care.
“We want to provide a more comfortable experience for patients living with dementia, as this can be a potentially confusing and scary time whilst being transported to hospital in an ambulance.
“We are searching for volunteers with any level of knitting ability to help us build a basic stock of TwiddleMuffs so every ambulance can have one as and when they are needed.”
Every Twiddlemuff is single-use and returns home with the patient for them to keep.
The ambulance service has put a downloadable patternfor the muff online. Once knitted they should be sent to EEAST TwiddleMuffs, Alex Moorehouse Way, Costessey, NR5 0JT.