Dementia Care & Babies

I’ve written about baby dolls before, but I often get reminded of the amazing impact they have in our residents’ lives. They really do make our residents happy. The other day I was walking down the hall and spotted three of my residents, sitting nearby each other, cuddling their baby dolls. They were all ofContinue reading “Dementia Care & Babies”

Don’t Cry in Front of the Baby

Sandra was known for sundowning. Most days, Sandra would start crying around 3 PM.  “Sundowning” is a common phenomenon for people with dementia. Essentially, it means that people will become more agitated, upset, and irritable later in the day—usually because they are tired. “He’s no good!” she cried out. “He’s a no-good, son-of-a-bitch!” she sobbed.  “Sandra,Continue reading “Don’t Cry in Front of the Baby”

Q&A: When a fake pet is real

I got a great question from Alana, a volunteer coordinator at a hospice. She and her team got a Memorable Pet after seeing them on my blog! She wants to know how best to put their Pet to use, and also wants to know who the Pets would be most appropriate for. My residents loveContinue reading “Q&A: When a fake pet is real”

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