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Crafty Bishop's Stortford WI members knit therapy blankets for dementia sufferers



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Members of Bishop's Stortford Women's Institute's craft group have been busy creating 'fidget blankets' and 'sensory muffs' for residents of Elmhurst care home for the elderly in the town.

Kate Hunt explained: "The blankets and muffs are designed for people with dementia.

"Such patients can find it comforting to 'fiddle' with fabrics of different textures, small toys and familiar items such as keys, buttons and beads.

Ryan Palmer-Fenny and Beverley Chappell, of Elmhurst residential care home, receiving fidget blankets from Kate Hunt and Jenny Hooper of Bishops Stortford Women’s Institute craft group. (19560667)
Ryan Palmer-Fenny and Beverley Chappell, of Elmhurst residential care home, receiving fidget blankets from Kate Hunt and Jenny Hooper of Bishops Stortford Women’s Institute craft group. (19560667)

"The blankets and muffs provide sensory and tactile stimulation and may help patients remember and relate to experiences from their past."

The group, which meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Charis Centre in Water Lane, has now turned its attention to Christmas-inspired craft ideas.



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