A kind gift to the residents at Edward Moore House Residential Care Home, owned by NCF member Rapport Housing & Care has had a wonderfully moving impact on the residents living with dementia.

When reborn artist, Trish, a friend of Kelly Town, who works at the home, donated one of her incredibly lifelike dolls to the Gravesend care home residents, no one knew quite how beneficial it would be for them.

Looking after the baby has proven to have a significant calming effect, when residents are feeling unsettled or restless. It gives them a sense of worth and purpose and their reactions have brought the staff to tears, as they watch them interact and take it in turns to hold the baby.

After the baby’s arrival, former employee and friend of the home, Maggie Town, also sourced a classic Silver Cross pram, which one resident, Marylyn, loves to use to push the baby around the home. Another resident, Jean, stops to hold the baby and tells Marlyln how she couldn’t have children and she’s so lucky to be able to hold Marylyn’s baby.

Melanie Martin, Deputy Manager at Edward Moore House commented: “The effect the baby has on the residents is heartwarming and emotional, it brings them joy like nothing I have seen before. When the baby is around the whole mood changes, they speak quietly as not to wake her and they are so gentle with her, it’s beautiful to see.

“Trish hand paints all of her dolls and she does an excellent job as they are very realistic job. We are so grateful for what she has done for our home.”

Whilst it has its critics and it isn’t for everyone, doll therapy is proven to have a therapeutic effect and it can be extraordinarily beneficial for improving wellbeing and reducing anxiety amongst some residents.

To find out more about Trish’s reborn babies, visit www.facebook.com/mummyps