The Welsh Ambulance Service has obtained its first dementia cannula sleeves, devised and made by volunteers at Handmade for Dementia. The sleeves have confirmed to maintain dementia sufferers calm and cease them from pulling needles out of their arms throughout remedy.

Ambulance employees on each emergency and non-emergency companies shall be utilizing them when they’re out on the street treating sufferers. It’s the first time that the Belief shall be utilizing such objects to take care of our sufferers.

Through the mid to late phases of dementia, an individual can change into very anxious and fidgety. Having a cannula sleeve knitted with completely different wools, with completely different textures and ‘twiddle’ element, has confirmed to make a distinction in holding sufferers calm.

Every sleeve is knitted following a copyrighted sample and are individually risk-assessed earlier than being donated to NHS Trusts throughout the UK.

Alison Johnstone, Dementia Supervisor on the Welsh Ambulance Service mentioned: “Donations of such revolutionary objects allow us to help our sufferers and supply individual centred-care to folks residing with dementia.

“We can’t thank Handmade for Dementia sufficient for offering us with their dementia cannula sleeves as these will enhance the experiences of individuals residing with dementia at instances of hysteria.

“As we’ve realized, it’s not essentially the information of the expertise an individual with dementia will retain, however the emotion, and these will go a protracted solution to bettering the emotional expertise of utilizing our service.”

Sharon (Wallace) Holdstock based Handmade for Dementia in 2016 and began by recruiting a knitter to make ‘twiddle mits’ earlier than transferring on to devising and making dementia cannula sleeves following the suggestion of retired District Nurse, Eileen Copeland.

The group, which right this moment has greater than 5,000 members has knitted shut to eight,000 cannula sleeves since January 2018.

Sharon Holdstock, founding father of Handmade for Dementia mentioned: “I’m thrilled that our dementia cannula sleeves are making such a distinction to folks affected by dementia throughout the UK, saving the NHS hundreds of kilos.

“After having despatched hundreds of sleeves to hospitals, now collaborating with the Welsh Ambulance Service is actually thrilling for us.  We hope that that results of our work will show to be simply as environment friendly on the street as it’s in hospitals.”

Everybody can be part of Handmade for Dementia so long as they’ll knit. To take action, they need to first be part of the group’s Fb Web page. If you need to take action, head to –

The Welsh Ambulance Service hopes to develop its partnership with Handmade for Dementia within the months and years to come back.


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