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Dolls

valmo

Registered User
Oct 5, 2015
32
Has anyone heard or used a doll to alleviate a persons distress with looking for their baby, mum, dad etc?
Thanks and welcome all views.
 

fizzie

Registered User
Jul 20, 2011
2,730
Has anyone heard or used a doll to alleviate a persons distress with looking for their baby, mum, dad etc?
Thanks and welcome all views.
I've seen it in action many times in care homes and it has been a great success with some people - sometimes carried, sometimes in a pram but always a smile on the person's face! Soft cuddly toys sometimes work too.
 

valmo

Registered User
Oct 5, 2015
32
I've seen it in action many times in care homes and it has been a great success with some people - sometimes carried, sometimes in a pram but always a smile on the person's face! Soft cuddly toys sometimes work too.
Thanks. I am going to try. Need to find a doll, charity shop? Problem my siblings will think I am infantalising Mum, not really understanding. If a doll will give mum pleasure.......
 

fizzie

Registered User
Jul 20, 2011
2,730
Thanks. I am going to try. Need to find a doll, charity shop? Problem my siblings will think I am infantalising Mum, not really understanding. If a doll will give mum pleasure.......
i thought that at first, until I watched closely and saw the pleasure and stimulation it gives! Yes a charity shop or just ask some friends - someone will probably have a doll in the loft - good idea to try a couple and if they have clothes to take on and off then they are even better!!
 

jaymor

Volunteer Moderator
Jul 14, 2006
13,131
England
There are several in my husband's nursing home. They are special ones made for such use though they are really odd looking. The residents love them, even the men when handed one will hold it as they would a baby. Cuddly toys are also liked. I knitted a brightly coloured caterpillar to hold in his left hand as his fingers have started to curl into his palm and it stops his hand closing all together.

I will take a photo of the dolls they use and post it
 

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jaymor

Volunteer Moderator
Jul 14, 2006
13,131
England
Here is one of the dolls, scary isn't she.

As scary as she is the residents leave them alone.
 

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Beate

Registered User
May 21, 2014
12,016
London
The caterpillar is fantastic! Personally I have never liked dolls, I prefer teddy bears, and I was a tomboy and played with cars and Lego instead of dolls, but they have a few dolls at OH's day centre, and he once came home with one of them firmly in his grasp! I had to trick him to let go of it.
 

jaymor

Volunteer Moderator
Jul 14, 2006
13,131
England
The caterpillar is fantastic! Personally I have never liked dolls, I prefer teddy bears, and I was a tomboy and played with cars and Lego instead of dolls, but they have a few dolls at OH's day centre, and he once came home with one of them firmly in his grasp! I had to trick him to let go of it.

I have since knitted dozens of them and the staff have bought them and the funds put into the residents funds. I have two in hand to replace my husband's present one as it is well washed and looking very floppy.
 

BR_ANA

Registered User
Jun 27, 2012
1,079
Brazil
There are several in my husband's nursing home. They are special ones made for such use though they are really odd looking. The residents love them, even the men when handed one will hold it as they would a baby. Cuddly toys are also liked. I knitted a brightly coloured caterpillar to hold in his left hand as his fingers have started to curl into his palm and it stops his hand closing all together.

I will take a photo of the dolls they use and post it
I loved caterpillar idea.

My mom has 2 teddy bear. CH manager has strong prejudice against doll, but said nothing about a teddy bear.
 

Dazmum

Registered User
Jul 10, 2011
10,315
Horsham, West Sussex
They have recently introduced a big basket of soft teddy bears at my mum's care home, and I have seen one of the residents holding and chatting away to a baby doll. It isn't something my mum seems to want to do, but I can see why many would find it comforting.
 

valmo

Registered User
Oct 5, 2015
32
Thanks everyone. I was thinking a doll would replicate a baby as this is what she is looking for. I cant see how a caterpillar/teddy would do this bit worth trying anyway. I'll see what I can find.