Each individual knows from the earliest moments of existence, the simple yet profound action of being tightly embraced in the womb and then later as infants and toddlers. Later, as adults, the instinctual and natural action is to wrap our arms around and hold an infant close to feed or for comfort.
Even within the depths of an aging cognitive challenge, for some individuals, the action of holding something close does provide a sense of comfort, security and warmth.
At AlfredHouse, we provide dolls, stuffed animals or soft blankets to residents. In some cases we tuck soft blankets or pillows around the individual to stimulate the feeling of being held.
In my experience, providing a doll or stuffed animal to a resident at AlfredHouse is one way to help the individual feel calm and comforted.