1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. valmo

    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.
     
  2. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
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    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.
     
  3. valmo

    valmo Registered User

    Oct 5, 2015
    32
  4. valmo

    valmo Registered User

    Oct 5, 2015
    32
    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.......
     
  5. valmo

    valmo Registered User

    Oct 5, 2015
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  6. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
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    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!!
     
  7. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,491
    Female
    England
    #8 jaymor, Nov 15, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2015
    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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  8. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,739
    That caterpillar is a clever idea Jay
    I love the escape key saying lol
     
  9. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,491
    Female
    England
    #10 jaymor, Nov 15, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016
    Here is one of the dolls, scary isn't she.

    As scary as she is the residents leave them alone.
     

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  10. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,714
    Female
    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.
     
  11. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,491
    Female
    England

    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.
     
  12. BR_ANA

    BR_ANA Registered User

    Jun 27, 2012
    1,084
    Brazil
    I loved caterpillar idea.

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

    Dazmum Registered User

    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.
     
  14. valmo

    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.
     
  15. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,973
    Suffolk
    OH just loved his cuddly toy dog. Took it to bed for about a year! Fortunately, it was washable .
     

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