Sparta woman makes comfort dolls for people with dementia


Janet Tompkins of Sparta is the creator of the My Comfort Companion rag dolls. They are designed to help comfort dementia patients. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

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SPARTA, N.C. — Janet Tompkins has had a fondness for the elderly since she was a child growing up in Sparta, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

She said she often sat on her grandmother’s lap and visited elderly neighbors, and felt so comfortable with them.

“That’s why I became a speech therapist,” Tompkins said. “When I was in college I received the Spirit of Audrey Holland award. My classmates voted on it. It was based on which student they would like to see work with their adult family member.”

Now, at 50, Tompkins has formed a company called My Comfort Companion to make rag dolls for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. She has plans to expand her line with different products.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal

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