Doll therapy has been found to be helpful for people in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s. The doll becomes real to that person. They have something that needs their attention. It can help with responsibility, daily routines, and encourage speech.
What Types of Therapy Dolls Are Available?
There are several therapy dolls for people with Alzheimer’s. There are life-size infants, but there are also dogs and cats. There are teddy bears that play music and can warm up. Elephants are another option that have a hot/cold pad that can help during a heatwave or a bitter cold winter.
Cats and dogs are designed so that they purr, bark, or even breathe. Some therapy pet dolls will turn their heads, respond to touch by turning the head to the hand that’s petting them, and other lifelike motions. There are infant dolls that appear to really breathe and will giggle and make soft coos, as well as move the arms and legs when tickled.
Introducing a Therapy Doll to an Alzheimer’s Patient
Don’t just hand a doll to a person with Alzheimer’s. Set the doll somewhere in the room. When the person with Alzheimer’s notices it, a touch or motion is enough to activate many dolls. The actions are going to draw attention.
Eventually, the senior will pick up the doll and start interacting with it. Most patients respond well and immediately sense the need to provide care. Before long, the senior may realize the doll’s clothing needs to be washed, the baby may need a pretend bottle, and a diaper change may be required. It’s all pretend, but the senior will feel it’s real.
These dolls do operate using batteries. It’s important to make sure batteries are replaced. You don’t want to scare a senior by letting the batteries drain and have the doll stop responding in the middle of use.
Pair Therapy Dolls With Care From Trained Caregivers
Your mom or dad will be well cared for emotionally and physically with caregivers and therapy dolls. Therapy dolls are great for emotional well-being. You can balance homecare with the care you provide and by hiring caregivers.
Caregivers ensure you get to take breaks when necessary. Plus, homecare providers can handle the more difficult tasks like bathing and grooming, which leaves you to focus on spending quality time with your mom or dad. Talk to our homecare agency to learn more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.