Sefton’s independent health and social care consumer champion has now expanded its reach to the other side of the world.
Healthwatch Sefton was contacted by Jan Seery after an internet search on hand muffs brought up an article on twiddlemuffs that had been on the Healthwatch website. Jan had been trying to find hand muffs for her mum who lives in a care home thousands of miles away in Australia!
Jan says: “I have been looking for hand muffs for my 96 year old mother but I haven’t been having much luck. However, I came across the Healthwatch Sefton website and thought I would write and ask if it would be possible to obtain a twiddlemuff for my mum.
Alzheimer’s Society Sefton has been collecting knitted twiddlemuffs from lots of volunteers.“She does have Alzheimer’s but that was not the reason that I was looking for muffs for her. She suffers with cold hands – we do get cold weather in Australia in winter – and I have never seen anything like your Twiddlemuffs – they look amazing!!”
Dagmara Wojciechowska, from Alzheimer’s Society Sefton and who is also their representative on Healthwatch Sefton’s Community Champion Southport and Formby Network, explains: “There is a two-in-one benefit of twiddlemuffs because they have a warming effect when people put their hands inside but they also provide stimulation from the different additions, such as furry or crinkly materials.”
Gill White, Dementia Support Manager of Alzhiemer’s Society Sefton, comments: “We have had so many positive comments about twiddlemuffs from our service users and carers. They really are a great way to help a person living with dementia remain active and engaged and we would like to thank our marvellous army of volunteers who produce these woolly wonders for us.”
“Coincidentally this is World Alzheimer’s month and we are happy to have been able to raise awareness of the benefits these knitted muffs have for people with dementia,” says Diane Blair, manager of Healthwatch Sefton.
The twiddlemuffs are now making their way to Australia along with a pattern because as Jan says: “Perhaps our Alzheimer’s Society here in Queensland and Australia could get their volunteers to start making these wonderful objects.”
For details on Alzheimer’s Society Sefton ring 01704 539967. For Healthwatch Sefton ring 0800 206 1304.