Implementation of a baby doll therapy protocol for people with dementia: innovative practice

BRADEN Barbara A., GASPAR Phyllis M.
Journal article citation:
Dementia: the International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 14(5), 2015, pp.696-706.

Dementia is exhibited by both emotional and physical states such as agitation. Baby doll therapy is a nonpharmacologic therapy that can affect agitated behaviour in dementia patients, yet a protocol for the therapy did not exist. An implementation protocol for doll therapy for those with dementia was developed and implemented with 16 residents in a dementia care centre. Outcomes were measurements of the impact of the dolls on six areas of the resident’s behaviour and their reactions to the doll. Participants had an increase in level of happiness, activity/liveliness, interaction with staff and others, and ease of giving care. There was also a reduction in the level of anxiety. The increase in happiness was a statistically significant outcome. Baby doll therapy is an effective nonpharmacological approach for improving the well-being of patients with moderate to severe dementia. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
agitation, Alzheimers disease, dementia, play therapy, therapies, therapy and treatment, challenging behaviour, residential care, intervention, nursing homes, care homes, behaviour;
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