30 Tips for Creating The Fidget Pillow Cushion. The Alzheimer’s Activity Pillow is an essential tool in helping the person in your care to improve their cognition and fine-motor skills. They are excellent for dementia, Alzheimer’s patients, rehab patients, and nursing home/hospital patients. These activity pillows are designed to keep your loved one’s hands busy. They are currently being used, with great success, by a long term care facility to help their patients keep their hands ‘busy’ so that they are not pulling on their tubes and IVs. Used with great success. They are especially helpful and comforting for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients who fidget and need to keep their hands busy. Plus the colorful designs stimulate the user’s brain.
The pillow features a large-weave cover that conceals another layer. The under-layer has small pieces of material that can be pulled out through the weave of the cover and pushed back in to your heart’s content.
It might seem like a rather silly little accessory, but a tactile plaything like this can have real benefits for certain people. Folks who tend to become easily distracted – like those with ADHD – can find it much easier to concentrate when they have something in their hands to play with.
In addition to helping people focus, the pillow can go a long way toward calming anxiety. Anxiety can cause some people to shake their legs or perform other repetitive motions to dispel nervous energy. Holding a comfy, calming pillow and fiddling with the small pieces of exposed fabric might not be a big change from those behaviors, but it can be a calming object that helps raise the comfort level in a strange situation.