Fidget mats, blankets, pillows and aprons are all tactile ways to keep an Alzheimer’s or Dementia patient busy throughout the day. They can be used to help them cope with new surroundings such as a Doctor’s office. Depending on the stage of the disease, it can provide comfort with familiar items. In the latter stages, it provides a way to keep fingers busy with a variety soft and squeezable items.
Fidget Aprons have gained favor in the caregiving community because of it’s ease to take on and off, they don’t fall on the floor and there is a lot more space for items than a simple fidget mat. The true beauty of the fidget apron is that there is no real pattern or instructions on how one should be made or what components it should have. Some of the most important components are:
- Everything attached permanently must be durable and machine washable. Items that cannot be run through the washer need to be attached using key rings or D-rings.
- Recognizable tasks are important, such as a nylon zipper, belt buckle, ribbon to tie a bow, pocket with handkerchief, or cord for braiding.
- Repetitive tasks, such as beads, buttons.
- Involuntary tasks such as touch are extremely important. Minky, lace, crochet, corduroy, rickrack are just some examples.
There is no right or wrong way to make a fidget apron. You are only limited by your imagination. I highly recommend Pinterest to give you a start at making your first one.