Therapy dolls have a remarkable effect on both men and women in the middle and later stages of dementia. As an aid for calming they can also bring the person back to a time in their life when they felt useful and had a sense of purpose. Dementia doll therapy helps patients escape from the world where they are the ones being cared for!
Our realistic therapy dolls are soft, easy to cuddle and care for... and come with their own unique personality!
Each weigh three pounds and are about 17 inches long.
"My mother is in an advanced stage of Alzheimers. Her doll is her constant companion. In my mother's mind, the doll is a living being. She cuddles it, talks to it, and exhibits less fearfulness at night when she sleeps with the doll. The familiar occupation of caring for "Little Debbie" seems to remind my mother of her role as an adult. The reduced level of agitation, and even more importantly, the comfort and happiness "Little Debbie" has brought my mother only makes me sad that I did not get her a doll sooner." Jill - Caregiver for her Mother
Our life-like dolls are as perfect as baby dolls get; but the
"miracles" they perform far exceed their physical features. The
wonderful stories we receive are barely testimony to the wonderful
moments (and hours) they create.
While visiting a dementia unit, a
resident approached with a doll buggy. Before she was within earshot I
was told that she considered her doll to be her real baby. So when she
got closer, I asked her if I could see her baby. She replied, "This
isn't a baby - it is a doll." The staff was astonished. I commented on
the cuteness of her doll and asked her how long she had had it. Her
reply, "Since it was born!" Kathleen - Alzheimer's Assn.