Dementia is the term used to describe a range of symptoms associated with loss of memory and general thinking skills – potentially leading to a person’s inability to perform everyday tasks.
With over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and the ageing population growing exponentially, dementia has become a serious medical issue affecting the elderly. Although there is no cure for dementia at the moment, there are many available therapies designed to prevent dementia or to ease the symptoms. We’ve already discussed how music can help fight dementia, but did you know that doll therapy is also a tried and tested method?
Read on to find out how doll therapy is being used to treat dementia.
What is doll therapy?
In doll therapy, as the name suggests, a doll is introduced to a person with dementia, who is then encouraged to interact with it and take care of it if they want to. That’s the key phrase here: if they want to. In no way should an individual be forced to play with the doll. Typically, the doll is introduced gradually to allow the patient to become familiar with the doll’s presence before they can decide if they want to interact with it or not.
The idea is that doll therapy will help those with dementia by providing enjoyment, instilling feelings of affection, triggering certain childcare memories, and even increasing levels of activity as they move around while taking care of their doll.
Regardless of the benefits, doll therapy is slightly controversial for some. Some families are reluctant to allow their loved one with dementia to participate in doll therapy because they feel that it can be patronising or demeaning. This is because they associate the playing with a doll to be infantile and may regard the therapy as encouraging infantile behaviour. In cases such as these, it’s important to explain to families how doll therapy works and what the benefits are.
Even though there hasn’t been much scientific evidence to prove the benefits of doll therapy being used to treat dementia, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to show the incredible benefits it can have. As a non-pharmacological treatment, doll therapy is a useful treatment that can have a positive effect on those living with dementia.
How can Better Healthcare Services help with dementia care?
At Better Healthcare Services, we are dedicated to providing outstanding dementia care at home. Whether you’re looking for daily visits or permanent live-in care for yourself or a loved one, we have the expertise to help you manage dementia in a way that works best for you.
Our highly skilled nurses and carers can provide you with the support you need, and with our live-in care starting at just £898 a week, you’ll be getting excellent care that’s both affordable and beneficial.
For those dealing with dementia, remaining at home for as long as possible is often the best way to manage the disease. This is because familiar surroundings can help people with dementia feel safe, can reduce confusion and can also trigger memories.
For more information on the dementia care that we offer, call us today on 020 7929 2975. You can also call your local Better Healthcare Services office directly: