Over the past 4 weeks of my summer placement, I (Juliette) have designed and built three twiddle boards for people with dementia, working with Lewis from MacDonald Project Solutions. The boards are designed to provide distraction and reduce anxiety when people are distressed by giving them familiar objects to interact with.
This mini-project gave us practical experience of using a combination of engineering techniques both new and traditional, from hand tools through to CAD, 3D printing and CNC profiling.
Yesterday morning the boards were handed over to Tina Mitchell, the manager of Seaforth house care home in Golspie. We hope the boards will have a positive impact on the residents there.