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Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can have hands that are restless or fidgety. You may notice movements such as hand rubbing, twisting fingers, or picking at fabrics. Fidgety hands may be a way of expressing anxiety or frustration. It is important to find safe, hands-on activities to provide comfort and the tactile stimulation your senior loved one needs. A “Fidget Quilt” is a small blanket or quilt that may be the perfect item to soothe and calm while safely stimulating those busy hands.
What is a Fidget Quilt?
A fidget quilt can also be called activity blankets, fidget mats, or busy quilts. It is a blanket or quilt that is small enough to fit easily on a senior's lap- think oversized placemat. Sewn onto the fidget quilt are accents with a variety of textures and movable parts. Here are some common embellishments found on the quilts to provide tactile and sensory stimulus.
- Fabrics with different textures and colors
- Buttons and snaps
- Ribbons and bows
- Braids and taggies
- Iron on embellishments
How to Get One?
If you are creative and comfortable using a sewing machine, you may want to create your own. A quick internet search of ‘Fidget quilt’ will get you pages of videos, tutorials, and step by step guides with hundreds of DIY pictures. Not skilled in sewing, fear not! Check out websites such as Etsy.com. Quilts range from $25 to $60 and have fun themes like mom’s kitchen, military, dog lover, and fishing. Another option is to talk with a local quilting guild and see if they could create quilts for their next community service project.
Here are some websites to help you get started:
It isn’t uncommon for quilting clubs to sew and donate quilts to local assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Consider using your talents to bless our elderly here in Volusia County.
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