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Right Arrow Knitters get busy with twiddle muffs
01 November 2017 at 09:51

Patients with dementia are being offered a novel way to relax in hospital.

Twiddle muffs are knitted or crocheted tubes with accessories such as ribbons or buttons sewn into them and are given to patients with dementia.

For many people with dementia these muffs can be a source of comfort. They provide
warmth and security, keep hands and minds occupied, and can help decrease agitation. They can also stimulate conversation and are a useful way to hide any tubes or wires which a patient may attempt to remove.

Local knitters have been busy knitting twiddle muffs but Southport and Ormskirk hospitals need a constant supply as each muff can only be used by a single patient who is encouraged to take it home.

Barbara Weldrake, from Formby, (pictured) was one of the first twiddle muff knitters. “I saw an article in a knitting magazine about twiddle muffs being used elsewhere in the country and approached an occupational therapist at the hospital. They thought it was a great idea so I started to make them. I took them along to my knitting group and some of the other ladies started doing them too!”

Ann Burket, from Kirkby, also makes twiddle muffs and started making them after completing treatment for cancer.

Ann said: “Knitting the twiddle muffs provides a distraction to my pain and is helping my recovery by giving me a focus and improving my concentration. Also it brings great satisfaction to know I am helping and providing comfort to the dementia patients. They are easy and fun to make and I would recommend anyone to have a go.”

Anyone wishing to get involved making a twiddle muff should contact Michelle Kitson, Matron for Patient Experience on 01704 704094 and, or Occupational Therapist Sally Nichol on 01704 704889 or

A twiddle muff pattern is available here.

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Notes for editors

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital. We also provide sexual health services across the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.