15th December 2016

Super knitting trio create special ‘memory mitts’

Super knitting trio Matron Lesley Carter and her relatives, Jennifer and Elsie Fairhall, have been busy knitting a supply of special ‘memory mitts’, which can be given to support the care of patients with dementia visiting Bexhill Day Surgery Unit.

Super knitting trio Matron Lesley Carter and her relatives, Jennifer and Elsie Fairhall.

Super knitting trio Matron Lesley Carter and her relatives, Jennifer and Elsie Fairhall.

Patients with dementia are likely to be anxious and confused when coming into hospital so giving them something that provides comfort and keeps their hands busy, is exactly what the mitts provide.

Tracey Tate, Deputy Lead Practitioner said: “Memory mitts can be covered with ribbons, beads, buttons and various materials, on both the inside and outside, to provide different textures. Although patients only spend a small amount of time in our unit, we try to use all manner of aids and initiatives to try and make their experience less stressful. Patients are given the mitts on arrival; they can keep them throughout their stay and then take them home when they leave the unit, so a constant supply is needed from our super knitting team!”