Handmade 'Fidget Sleeves' Reduce Stress For Dementia Patients By Keeping Their Hands Occupied

I always admire knitters and crocheters. Admittedly, I tried my hand at crochet when I was young, but truth be told, I wasn't all that good at it. I honestly wish I had the skills, especially because now I could put them to good use.

Did you know that knitters are now making something really wonderful to help reduce stress for dementia patients? Oh, yes. Let's find out more about it.

I don't know if you're aware that people with dementia tend to fidget.

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It can create a lot of stress for them to have idle hands. So now knitters have come up with a wonderful way to help them, and it's really great to see.

This idea is really sweet.

Those who excel at knitting and crochet are making fidget sleeves for people with dementia. These sleeves, also called twiddle muffs or cannula sleeves, are crocheted arm cuffs that can help reduce stress for people prone to anxiety and fidgeting.

Aww, how amazing is that, huh?

I so wish I could make a pair of sleeves to help those in need. But as I said, knitting or crochet isn't really my forte. So it's cool to see other people making this heartfelt gesture.

Check this out.

Knitters and crocheters are stitching these sleeves up and donating them to local hospitals, hospices, and other care facilities where people really need them.

OMG. If that isn't the sweetest thing you've heard this holiday season, I don't know what is.

Here's what you need to know.

Restlessness and agitation are common behaviors for those with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. So having something to occupy your hands is the key here. And that's where the fidget sleeves come into play.

These beautiful sleeves are decorated with various beads, buttons, or crocheted decorations.

They basically provide a stimulation activity for restless hands while protecting patients' arms from picking or scratching. Oh, wow — I definitely wasn't aware of these issues people faced.

There's another purpose to these decorative cuffs.

They can be made to reach farther up the arm in order to cover and protect the entry point of an IV tube or cannula. That in itself is a wonderful idea, no?

These sleeves can also be used for individuals with autism or kids who struggle to sit still.

Don't you wish you had something like this when you were a kid? There are many designs out there, and you can even make one yourself by following a pattern.

Do you know somebody who could benefit from a crocheted sleeve like this?

If you do, I urge you to check out Etsy or lookout for groups on Facebook where people donate the sleeves they have made for others. I think this is such a wonderful way to help people in need.