Limes Care Home in Scopwick introduces 'doll therapy' to help dementia sufferers
A CARE home in Scopwick is embracing an alternative type of therapy for residents with dementia.
Staff at The Limes Care Home have introduced 'doll therapy' – an idea which is believed to have proved popular with dementia sufferers in America.
Ann Burnett, who's been the manager at The Limes since last April, said: "Before I became the manager here I'd previously spent a lot of time working with people with dementia and noticed sufferers tend to think they've gone back in time.
"I once spent time working with a lady who had lost a child when she was younger and she was always crying out for her baby. One day we gave her a teddy bear to hold and ever since then we noticed she was calm and happy."
Staff have trialled the therapy at The Limes using a regular baby doll which has proved effective and on Friday they were donated a doll worth £1,000 that has been specifically designed for people with dementia.
Members of the Digby group of churches, who visit the home for services and events, raised the funds for the doll by selling copies of their church magazine.
Gill Town from the group said: "We were here for Remembrance Day last year and were told about the effectiveness of the doll therapy.
"We thought we this was something we could help with so we raised the money and ordered the doll online."
The seating area in the home has also been transformed into a 1940s to 1950s theme to make sufferers feel more comfortable.