My supervisor and I were talking the other day about the possibility of using Fidget Spinners with our dementia residents who seem to need to do something with their hands. Is this something you would recommend, and if so what would be the best way of introducing the resident to the fidget spinner?

4

Have more questions and don't know where to turn?


Join our community and get access to monthly support calls, an online chat forum for questions, and even monthly 1:1 calls with Rachael! CLICK HERE for more information.

That’s a really interesting proposition, and one I hadn’t thought of before. My immediate thought is that it’s going to be confusing to your residents UNLESS they are in a very late stage of dementia. Just like we sometimes give weighted blankets or lap blankets with fidgety items on them to people with late-stage dementia, we may want to save the spinners until this stage. Make sure they are big and don’t look like cookies or anything edible, since it’s a foreign object. Show your late-stage residents how it spins on a table or something, and then hand it over. I think middle-stage people are going to be asking, “But what is this for?”

Liked it? Take a second to support Rachael Wonderlin on Patreon!
Become a patron at Patreon!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rachael Wonderlin is an internationally-recognized dementia care expert and consultant. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of three published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. Rachael owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting and education company.

16 things poster
Get the FREE “16 Things” poster!

You're not alone!

Get personal support from Rachael and connect with other Caregivers when you join our community.

16 Things I Would Want If I Got Dementia

Get the FREE “16 Things” poster for your personal use—or better yet—your dementia care community’s staff break room!

I wrote this poem years ago, but to date, it’s the most popular piece I’ve ever created.


When you sign up, you’ll also get access to Rachael’s weekly newsletter so that you can get her top tips, links to new content as soon as it’s released, and special offers directly in your inbox! We’ll never sell your information, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

16 things poster
Shopping Cart

Have questions?

Book a Dementia Detective
call and talk to a DBD expert!