Use of dolls

Using dolls in dementia care (doll therapy)

Many people with dementia are soothed and comforted by holding a doll or soft toy animal. Read our tips for trying ‘doll therapy’ with the person you care for.

How dolls can help people with dementia

Tips for using a doll or soft toy with a person with dementia

Things to consider

Sources of support

DementiaUK Source: Use of dolls

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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