19 December 2016 - The Falls and Dementia Teams at King's need your help with knitting twiddle mitts
The Falls and Dementia Teams at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are urging the local community – and those from further afield – to knit twiddle mitts for their patients with dementia.
Twiddle mitts are simple knitted cuffs, to which a range of items, including ribbons, buttons or beads, can be sewn to provide activity for patients with dementia.
For infection control reasons each mitt can only be used by one patient, so the teams really need as many as possible.
Speaking of the benefits of twiddle mitts, Emma Ouldred, Dementia Nurse Specialist at King’s College Hospital, said: “Twiddle mitts are a simple and effective way of providing meaningful activity for patients with dementia. They can reduce anxiety and relieve boredom, and generally help to improve a patient’s stay in hospital.”
The teams have already had a positive response with lots of people taking part and knitting mitts, but more are still needed.
Twiddle mitts are easy to knit and can be made with leftover bits of wool. A twiddle mitt pattern is available to view on the website.
Ann Ahmed, a medical secretary at King’s College Hospital, has knitted 10 mitts for the teams, she said: “Twiddle mitts are a wonderful idea and they are really easy to make yet so worthwhile for people with dementia. The pattern provided is very straightforward and the mitts don’t take too long to make – only about two hours in all.”
A ‘knit-in’ is being held at King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, on Friday 27 January.
Everyone is welcome to come along for a few hours to knit. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details if you are interested in attending.
Twiddle mitts can be sent to:
The Falls Team
KCH Business Park
129 Coldharbour Lane
London, SE5 9NY
The Falls Team
Executive Nursing Office
Kent, BR6 8ND
Alternatively mitts can be taken to any of the helpdesks for the attention of the Falls Team.
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