Supporting Families with Dementia
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IN MEMORY OF JAMILA
Helping families live with dementia
We’d like to introduce you to Jamila. In 2008 Jamila went into hospital for a routine operation. During surgery, something went badly wrong, and she had a stroke on the operating table. For a few minutes, her heart stopped beating. While the doctors were able to save her life, the stroke left lasting damage, and she had vascular dementia overnight. She was left unable to help herself, let alone her disabled husband she was the primary carer for.
Jamila was a vibrant, happy woman. She had a smile that would light up a room and kindness she exuded from every pore. Like all parents, she had cared for others most of her adult life. First, it was her nephews, then two sons, her daughter, grandchildren and her husband. She worried about them all – during the day, last thing at night and first thing in the morning. She always wondered how her babies were.
You never stop being a parent and you never stop worrying, and Jamila’s dementia turned a worry into mental torture. For many, that torture is relieved by medication, a concoction of pharmaceuticals that can leave people numbed and empty.
By giving our loved ones something to care for in a dementia doll, or pet cat or dog, we can provide unmedicated comfort and a feeling of inner peace that helps them cope with their day. We make no excuses for this being personal for us. Jamila is Yasmin’s mother and the reason we do what we do. This year, in 2021, we want to donate as many dementia dolls and pets and wellbeing packs to the 850,000 families living with dementia in the UK.
If you’d like to donate or know someone who will benefit from a doll or a pet, please click here to contact us.
Dementia pets & dolls
Caring for our elder population
A helpful, drug-free way to calm and soothe agitated seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia is to give them a soft, lifelike baby doll to cuddle. These therapy dolls can even be effective in calming older adults with significant behavioural challenges.
Our social impact always had two main strands. – homelessness and dementia care. Before the pandemic, we were committed to providing these dolls. However, as events unfolded, we became aware that there were other priorities. From April to August 2020 we sent out 6071 PPE packs to care settings around the country. These were for care facilities; care or nursing homes and hospices that would ordinarily procure through the NHS supply chain but had that route closed to them, as “non-essential”.
While this formed the bulk of our work during the Spring/Summer period, we found ways to supply 523 dementia dolls and animals (robotic cats and dogs). These were a lifeline to many that were cut off from their families. It has been reported to us that our dolls were especially beneficial for those that had trouble engaging with others or and became especially confused in the absence of family members.
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If you are interested in finding out more about Dementia Dolls please get in touch with us.