ALTERNATIVE THERAPY for DEMENTIA
The products in this category lend comfort care in a variety of ways. Dolls, Twiddle Muffs, stuffed toy animals, and our Joy for All pets, provide tactile stimulation and satisfy the nurturing instinct that is strong in all of us.
Comfort Therapy is end of life care. It is the support given to a person in the last stages of his or her life, and may be needed for hours or days, or even weeks and months. It can include medical care, but may involve a decision to curtail drugs and other invasive treatments.
People at the end of life are dependent on others for almost all of their needs. This is particularly true for Alzheimer's patients and other dementia patients in the last stages of their disease. When Bernice was nearing her end we engaged hospice care, and recommend it highly. Learn about hospice care at the Hospice Foundation of America.
As people near the end of life they will likely experience both physical and mental/emotional discomfort. Sensory stimulation is often the most direct way to relieve this discomfort. Gentle hand massage is an ideal way to provide relief and to intimately connect at this time. Use a massage oil infused with lavender or frankincense essential oil to make this an even more stimulating experience for both of you.
Something soft to hold, soothing and familiar music, or calming natural sounds can easily be incorporated into almost any treatment program. Sounds of nature (rainforest, ocean waves, birds, etc.) are available with a free account at Spotify's website, and at a number of other websites including YouTube.
Just a few of the many benefits of Comfort Therapy
- Reduces anxiety and stress
- Promotes positive non-verbal communication
- Soothing and comforting
- Therapy for agitation
SUGGESTED PRODUCTS FOR COMFORT THERAPY FOR ALZHEIMER'S