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DollsVilla by Liliane® in geriatrics, for elderly people with dementia

     
 
Back to the child they once were

Older people with dementia often relive their earliest play experiences. By consciously retrieving memories from their long-term memory, they experience greater satisfaction with their lives across the board. This explains why so many in nursing homes and [private] residential care centers surround themselves with dolls and stuffed animals. These are familiar to them, safe and affect their nurturing properties.

 
     
 
Doll therapy is an activity used internationally to help people with all types of dementia maintain a sense of well-being and/or relieve episodes of anxiety. Empirical research* shows the following effects:
  Improving communication People with dementia now have something new or important to talk about
  Improving nutritional experience Doll therapy has the potential to enhance the mealtime experience
  Improving social engagement People with dementia can play together and share their experiences
  Reduction of anxiety or problem behavior This therapy can help hold one's attention and has a calming effect
  Reduction in behavior-modifying medication Medication for stress or challenging behavior may or may not be necessary due to therapy effects
 
     
 

The Dutch DollsVilla by Liliane® is built for handy, large dolls and cuddly toys. It is the gender-neutral home of the 'doll children', to live there sustainably. In their own safe haven! Since 1999, the villa has spontaneously stimulated role play, solitary and team play, social-emotional and language development in childcare and education. The DollsVilla is present in almost all Dutch hospitals [pediatrics] and is used professionally, for contact and for the observation of children. And for the purpose of diagnosis, treatment, revalidation and the processing of a hospital admission.

 

Now that there is more and more evidence about the importance of puppetry for the well-being of elderly people with dementia, a new target group is opening up. For those with mobility limitations, the DollsVilla, standard equipped with wheels with foot brakes, can be placed on legs so that a wheelchair can be slid under it, so that all floors can be easily reached. "The DollsVilla in elderly care, I think it certainly has a chance of success." - Karien Sanders director Fleurâge Villa / Residences in Bloemendaal [Haarlem].

 
     
     
 

 
     
     
 
Unique elements of the DollsVilla by Liliane®:
  Made for large Dolls and cuddle toys 30 cm], and for their cars, horses, bicycles, skateboards [carramp]
  Child high play furniture on wheels [with foot brakes] with 7 play areas
  Stimulates spontaneous role play, solitary and group play, the social-emotional and language development
  Gender neutral, for boys and girls
  Storage unit for accessories [drawers and wall shelves]
  Handy size of the parts also for those with less refined motor skills
  Design style
  Sustainable play furniture
  “This is the Bentley among the world's dolls houses!" - Guido Tielman Dutch consul-general.
   
  DollsVilla by Liliane® to house their most important emotions.
   
 

*'Effective use of doll therapy in people with dementia: International guidelines' by Dr Gary Mitchell, author of Doll Therapy
in Dementia Care: Evidence & Practice'. Mitchell is a dementia specialist at Queen's University Belfast [Northern Ireland].

   
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
DollsVilla by Liliane® in geriatrics, for elderly people with dementia 2023
 
   
   

by Liliane Limpens Mrach 24, 2023

 

CASE STUDY 1 DOLL THERAPY DEMENTIA

 
 

Mia was an 88-year-old woman with dementia. She lived in a nursing home and had late stage Lewy-Body dementia. As Mia's dementia got worse, she became more dependent on healthcare professionals to help her move, eat, drink or use the bathroom. Unfortunately, she also became increasingly restless and cried more. Mia happened upon her doll when she found it in one of the day care rooms of the nursing home.

 

When Mia discovered the doll, her behavior immediately changed. She named the doll Baby Clara after one of her granddaughters. Mia kissed the doll, combed her hair, rocked and hugged her. Mia's family immediately embraced the therapy because they saw how it had changed her. The family even gave Mia a pram so she could take her doll for walks in the nursing home, a high chair so the doll could sit with her when Mia ate in the dining room, and different outfits for the doll so Mia could change the clothes. of the doll could change regularly and dress her. The doll stayed with Mia until the end of her life and the family chose to bury Mia with her doll.

 
DollsVilla by Liliane® - to house their most important emotions
   
 
   

Effective use of doll therapy in people with dementia: International guidelines by Dr Gary Mitchell - Queen's University Belfast [Northern Ireland].

 
   
 
 
 
   
   

by Liliane Limpens Mrach 24, 2023

 

CASE STUDY 2 DOLL THERAPY DEMENTIA

 
 

Tom was a 66-year-old man with dementia. He lived alone at home and had early stage Alzheimer's disease. Tom was never married and had no children, but was visited by friends and family every few days. When one of his friends read an article in the newspaper about the positive effects of doll therapy, Tom got a doll.

 

The doll gave Tom something to hold and cuddle during the day. He knew it wasn't a baby, but told family and friends that the doll brought him comfort, especially when he was alone or feeling lonely.

 
DollsVilla by Liliane® - to house their most important emotions
   
 
   

Effective use of doll therapy in people with dementia: International guidelines by Dr Gary Mitchell - Queen's University Belfast [Northern Ireland].

 
   
 
 
 
   
   

by Liliane Limpens Mrach 24, 2023

 

CASE STUDY 3 DOLL THERAPY DEMENTIA

 
 

Lola was a 73-year-old woman with dementia. She was hospitalized after suffering a stroke, which was a result of her progressive vascular dementia. After her stroke, it was very difficult for Lola to communicate with her family and healthcare professionals. The doll was introduced to Lola by one of the healthcare staff at the hospital.

 

The doll gave Lola a sense of calm and reassurance. She used the doll as a tool to communicate creatively during her recovery. For example, Lola undressed her doll when she wanted help to wash herself, wrapped the doll in a blanket when she was tired and wanted to sleep, and sometimes Lola would point to the doll's head and make a crying face to indicate indicate that she was in pain and needed pain relief.

 
DollsVilla by Liliane® - to house their most important emotions
   
 
   

Effective use of doll therapy in people with dementia: International guidelines by Dr Gary Mitchell - Queen's University Belfast [Northern Ireland].

 
   
 
 
     
     
 
 
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