Dementia Sewing Matters

Dementia Sewing Matters

Quality Handmade Sensory Blankets, Cushions, Aprons and Bags. Customised/Made to Order in a Smoke and Pet free environment. Weighted blankets.

After my mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers/Vascular Dementia, I felt the need to do something to help those affected with this terrible illness. I did some research into the needs of people living with dementia and found that I could put my skills and love of sewing to good use. I now work from home in a purpose built log cabin, as previously my sewing materials had taken over my l

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Dementia Lap Blankets 29/06/2016

Dementia Lap Mat. Purple tartan check with fleece backing. Cord, photo wallet, Zipped pocket with lace trim, Button fastening, texture and laced pouches, assortment of beads, ribbon, looped cat button and not forgetting the cat!

Dementia Activity Cushion 27/05/2016

Dementia Activity/Sensory Cushions are made in a choice of fabrics generally with a fleece backing. The cushion inners are fully washable and can be tumble dried at a low setting.
It is recommmended that when washing they should be placed inside a closed pillow case or laundry bag to minimise damage.

Multi-purpose Bag Tidy 27/05/2016

These handy bags with button tab attachments and two large front pockets can be used to hold a variety of essential items. May be used with a walking frame, wheelchair, hanging rail, child's cot, bed rail etc.
Made with medium/heavy duty fabric and cotton lined.
For safety it is advisable not to place heavy items in the bag when used with a walking frame as too much weight could cause it to become unsteady and potentially topple over.

Dementia Activity Fidget Apron 03/05/2016

Keep minds and hands busy with these colourful full aprons made in heavy duty gabardine with a cotton lining. These aprons have been proven to be a distraction for those prone to disrobing and reduces skin picking. All activities are within easy reach of the user and are a useful aid to increasing communication. They also provide a sense of security and opportunity to have important stuff nearby.Another advantage of an apron is that it can be worn like an additional article of clothing.

Dementia Activity Sensory Blanket 03/05/2016

Fun and colourful, Activity blankets keeps the mind and hands busy, focus attention, stimulate the senses, soothe and reduce agitation especially in the latter stages of dementia

Weighted Sensory Blankets 03/05/2016

Handmade Weighted Blanket made for a customer in Amethyst Cuddle Plush and 100% Cotton fabrics.

Dementia Lap Blankets 03/05/2016

Sensory/Activity Lap blanket handmade in a choice of fabrics, textures and embellishments. Customised and handmade to order.

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Our Story

After my mum was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers/Vascular Dementia in 2013, I felt the need to do something to help those affected with this terrible illness.
I did some research into the needs of people living with dementia and found that I could put my skills and love of sewing to good use.
I now work from home in a purpose built log cabin, as previously my sewing materials had taken over my lounge/dining room!
Quality materials and workmanship is very important to me as I strive to meet a customer's request.

The purpose of Dementia Sensory Products, often referred to as Activity or Fidget Blankets, Cushions and Aprons is :-
* Designed to stimulate the mind and hands.
* Bring enjoyment, prompting conversation.
* Help with anxiety and depression.
* Make the user more independent.
* Improve mood, self-esteem, in turn, wellbeing.
* Helps reduce agitation (especially in the latter
stages of the illness).
* Bright colours aids visual stimulation.
* Activities such as doing up zips, tying knots,
buttons etc can help with restlessness and
calm the user.
* The sense of touch can trigger memories in a
way that other forms of communication
cannot.

Before constructing a blanket, cushion or apron it is important to figure out what items/fabric designs/textures may hold special significance for that person eg did they play a sport, a musical instrument, spend time in the garden, kitchen, what hobbies did they have, did they like looking at photos, how did they spend their working life?

With those thoughts in mind, the correct fabric, pattern and colour can be chosen i.e. prints - animals, birds, butterflies, flowers, cooking, tractors, boats, camper vans, cars, musical instruments are just a few examples.

Update: Sadly my mum lost her battle with Dementia in December 2017

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