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Doll therapy is a known resource in working with dementia patients. Using a Teddy Bear or a Baby Doll can be a very effective way to decrease stress and agitation. A caregiver can use doll therapy for dementia patients as a way to put responsibility, caring and structure back into the lives of those afflicted. Working with a realistic doll has to be introduced to those with Alzheimer's very carefully. A doll or teddy bear can be seen as a welcoming grandchild or the little sibling of their youth. From experience, introducing doll therapy in a controlled atmosphere by allowing the dementia patient to take responsibility rather than giving them the doll to play with, can bring structure to their lives. Dolls can help a person who is not verbalizing to initiate speech again. It is part of the basic thought process to speak, hum or sing to a baby in your arms. The therapy doll can have its clothes washed, folded and put away and then dressed the next day. Even the teddy bear brings soothing comfort as it can be heated to bring warmth to the patient and can be a cause of an activity. Whether it is a realistic baby doll, a heated bear or a furry musical companion, doll therapy for dementia patients has been proven to work!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION on DOLL THERAPY
Nothing eases distress and agitation as quickly or effectively as a friend. Our teddy bears and therapy dolls are more than just toys, they are a source of comfort and security when your loved one needs it most. Having a small, familiar face to cradle and care for creates an engaging environment that encourages dementia patients to interact with and it encourages healthy emotional responses. These therapies are more than just a distraction; they provide an outlet for someone to step out of their world of being totally dependent on others and to feel like they have something that depends on them. Memory loss therapy is never an easy process, but it can be made easier with the appropriate tools and tactics. Doll and teddy bear therapy allows patients to be a participant in their own healthcare, rather than just a subject.
Our soft teddy bear can be heated in the microwave in order to make him more lifelike, or placed in the freezer to help ease joint pain. His soft body and soft fur make him a wonderful companion for your loved one to interact with. Our baby dolls come in a wide variety of lifelike appearances, each one with different eye, hair and skin colors. Our customers are sharing stories with us every day about the way these realistic dolls have brought comfort to their loved ones.