SOMETIMES the simplest things can give comfort, which is the idea behind a new project at St Peter’s Anglican Church.
The Anglican Mother’s Union has created “fiddle muffs and fiddle mats”, which may sound strange, but the idea is a special one.
The blankets and hand muffs will be used by residents at Alf Herrmann Lodge, particularly those who have dementia.
Each item comes with extra adds on and different textures which allows them to run their hands over or play with.
The idea is some of these materials may even trigger a memory within.
One of those who contributed to the making of the mats was Leslie Byrnes, who only has limited vision.
“I do it more by touch … which is what the elderly people can relate to because touch is so important,” she said.
Judith Dahlenburg from Alf Herrmann Lodge was thrilled with concept.
“I think they are fantastic,” she said.
“We have many dementia residents who just sit.
“If you can put something on their lap .. they will fiddle with it.
“Having all of these different kinds of textures is good.
“It’s a sensory thing. Often feeling something, like a sponge (which is sewn onto one of the mats), could bring back a memory.
“It might be cleaning or washing up. Who knows. It doesn’t matter what sort of memory it is.”
Mother’s Union members will now wait to hear what the feedback is regarding their creations before deciding whether or not more are needed.
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