Soothing hand warmers are just the job for Spalding care home residents

St John the Baptist Primary School pupils brought the gift of warm hands to residents of St Johns Care Home. SG190516-100TW
St John the Baptist Primary School pupils brought the gift of warm hands to residents of St Johns Care Home. SG190516-100TW
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Residents of St John’s Care Home in Spalding have been given the gift of warmth from friends at their nearby school.

Youngsters from St John the Baptist Primary School presented around 30 woollen hand warmers, also known as fiddle muffs, to help the elderly residents.

Resident Joyce Howard with pupils Lily and Kiera. SG190516-103TW

Resident Joyce Howard with pupils Lily and Kiera. SG190516-103TW

The muffs are adorned inside and out with things like ribbons and buttons.

Fiddling with the trimmings has a soothing effect for dementia patients.

The muffs were presented to the home during Dementia Awareness Week.

Pupils, parents, grandparents, aunties and school staff had all been busy knitting – and they will carry on so they can present more of the muffs to residents.

Jean Goldsmith tries the woollen muffs watched by Elita and Mia. SG190516-104TW

Jean Goldsmith tries the woollen muffs watched by Elita and Mia. SG190516-104TW

Home activities coordinator Steve Smith said residents are using the colourful fiddle muffs and they have proved to be quite calming for the residents who have dementia as they can feel the different textures and the bits and bobs that have been sewn on.

“Our resident are using them,” he said. “They like the bright colours and the different textures.”

Steve said the home and the school enjoy close ties and half a dozen pupils visit each Thursday during term time. The home was visited by the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding during the special week.

Wiktoria and Jenny with resident Pat Eighteen. SG190516-102TW

Wiktoria and Jenny with resident Pat Eighteen. SG190516-102TW