Residents from Mullumbimby to Sydney have been enjoying individually designed and decorated ‘twiddle muffs’, thanks to a group of volunteers from Holy Name of Mary Parish in Hunters Hill.
Knitting volunteers have been meeting once a month since July to create the twiddlemuffs which are particularly useful for people living with dementia – providing sensory stimulation received in ‘feeling’ their various textures. They keep restless hands busy and can help soothe and comfort those who are feeling anxious or agitated.
The twiddlemuffs recently went on a trip to Northern NSW and have been given to residents at Coolamon Villa in Mullumbimby, St Francis in Grafton, St Augustine’s and St Joseph’s in Coffs Harbour, and Charles O’Neill and St John’s Villa in Newcastle.
Residents really appreciated the gifts and are loving their colours, textures and warmth.
The twiddlemuff knitting group was initiated by Myra Edwards whose husband is a resident of St Anne’s in Hunters Hill.
Pictured above left are staff and residents from Coolamon Villa in Mullumbimby. Above right are St Francis Grafton residents with their twiddlemuffs and below right are Meagan, Care Worker at St Joseph's in Coffs Harbour with resident Barb.