A resident in a City of York Council Care Home is helping people living with dementia through her knitting skills.
Pat Mapplebeck (91), a resident at Haxby Residential Care Home, has made activity muffs and aprons for residents in the Poppyfields specialist dementia unit.
Research shows that providing sensory stimulation through visual objects or touch can bring enjoyment and fun to people living with dementia but also to fight anxiety and depression while increasing social interaction. Sensory stimulation, like the activity muffs and aprons, can also help people stay independent for longer, promote understanding and a sense of belonging as well as help people express how they are feeling.
The activity muffs and aprons can be used to put photos in, sew on zips, toggles or memorabilia regarding hobbies and interests.
Pat explained: “I wanted to help people living with dementia and as I love knitting, the aprons and muffs seemed like an ideal way to offer support. I really enjoy it.”
Jo Bell, Head of Provider Services at City of York Council, said: “Pat’s work is hugely appreciated by the residents and carers at Poppyfields and is helping to ease the anxiety and stress which can occur with dementia. I and the team at Poppfields are immensely grateful for all her hard work.”
The Poppyfields unit at Haxby Hall provides care for older people living with Dementia. Opened in October 2015, the specially designed facility provides a ‘household’ model of care for the residents, where they live together in a small group or ‘household’, and provides easy access to a large secure garden. The facility includes two ‘respite rooms’ to provide short term breaks for people living in their own homes, giving their regular carers the opportunity to have a holiday.