Stamford Bluebird Care, knitting club and Rutland sewing club improve lives with gifts
A knitting club, working in partnership with Bluebird Care, has made a difference to the lives of people with dementia by creating unique gifts.
Members of Stamford-based firm Bluebird Care and its knitting club, with the help of a Rutland-based sewing group, have worked on twiddlemuffs that have gone out into their community gifted to customers living with dementia, to improve the quality of life.
People who live with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied.
A ‘twiddlemuff’ is a knitted muff with items attached to help keep hands active and busy. It is a source of sensory stimulation, and keeps hands warm at the same time.
Having something to ‘twiddle’ can help to have a calming effect for someone living with dementia.
Bluebird Care community team lead Phillippa Courten said: “It has been fantastic to see how delighted they have been to receive this and the feedback from both the customers, relatives and our care team has been fabulous and what a positive difference they are making to our customers lives.
“Each customer has been delighted with their delivery, one so much so, as she had seen her friend from her day centre with one and had wanted one for a while. It was amazing to see her so pleased with it. Her evening carer even reported back that the customers was smiling from ear to ear and showing it to her during her call. It’s a great feeling to be able to be part of this initiative.”
Director, Leisa MacKenzie, added: “We are delighted, that due to the hard work and support of our Bluebird Care Knitting Club, contributed to by our customers and care team alike, and the kind help of Middleton Sewing Club, we have been able to make a small but positive difference to customers living with dementia, in the community, presenting them with a ‘twiddlemuff’.”
“Dementia care is an important area that we are very passionate about. All our staff are professionally trained and we are always looking at how we can made a difference for all our customers, and to have had the fabulous input from our knitting club and such positive feedback from our customers, is just amazing.”
Bluebird Care Peterborough and Rutland, based in Wharf Road, Stamford, provides companionship, homecare and support to people living in their own home. It recently received an outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission.