‘Connie’s Fidgets’ supports patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s

by Kim O Leary
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Craftspeople at the Bungalow in Cherry Orchard are helping to support patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s by sewing aprons and blankets, writes Kim O’Leary.

The Bungalow in Cherry Orchard was closed for several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but now its members are hard at work utilising their sewing, knitting and crochet skills once again, creating therapeutic fidget blankets, aprons, walker bags and muffs.

The items they create provide sensory simulation and a calming effect for dementia/Alzheimer patients.

The project ‘Connie’s Fidgets’ was formed by Connie Murphy and involves up to 24 people at the Cherry Orchard Family Resource Centre (BFRC), known locally as the Bungalow.

The group donated their first batch of 34 items to Cherry Orchard Hospital on July 6 and hope to continue to support local people with dementia and Alzheimer’s in the future.

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