Below are images of some of the beautiful Fidget Rugs hand-made by Marian.
These small lap Blankets or Rugs provide sensory and tactile stimulation for fidgety and restless hands of people with Demenita, Alzheimers and other cognitive challenges. The rugs help to keep sufferers' hands busy and minds relaxed. The Rugs can have a calming influence on the restlessness and anxiety that comes with Alzheimer's and Dementia.
They are made of soft fabrics and textiles and come in different colours and are approximately 40cm x 45cm or 65cm x 55cm in size. Each is unique and some feature themes such as golf, sailing, cooking, sewing, dogs, cats and other pets. Everyday items are used to decorate the rugs such as buttons, ribbons, lace, velcro, zips, wool, fluffy fabrics and beads - all very securely attached. Some have secret pockets to open and reveal special treasures or surpises. A small plastic patch for a photo or name tag is usually included as well as a handle to hang it up. They have soft polyester filling and are double stitched to keep their shape. They can be washed in cold water in a laundry bag and hung on a line or laid flat to dry. DO NOT tumble dry.
A number of these Rugs have been donated to various institutions for use with their patients, with the idea that others are available to be purchased at a reasonable price, to offset the cost of materials.
If you see a design you would like or would like a special one-off rug made for a loved one, contact Marian for further information and details.
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