Keeping your loved one with middle-to-late stage Alzheimer's disease or dementia safe and engaged can be stress-inducing. But there are a number of 'comfort therapy' materials we can provide, at no cost, that may ease that anxiety for you and provide some solace, contentment and joy for those living with dementia.
Life-like electronic companion pets have been shown to provide comfort for those living with Alzheimer's or dementia. While your loved one is enjoying thier cuddly pet, you may be able to de-stress and relax. These electronic cats and dogs, which move and make sounds, offer hours of safe, cuddly comfort and keep your loved one engaged in a stress-free activity.
The pets are free for those who meet certain qualifications, as outlined under the terms of a New York State grant, which is covering the costs. To learn more and to discuss the application process, please call the WNY Chapter office at 716.626.0600, extension 313.
In addition to the electronic pets, the Chapter can also provide, at no cost, weighted blankets to help ensure those living with dementia are comfortable while sitting or sleeping.
Currently, the use of weighted blankets to decrease agitation in individuals living with dementia is being studied by researchers from the Mayo Clinic.
Weighted blankets are free for those who meet certain New York State grant qualifications. To learn more and to discuss the application process, please call the WNY Chapter office at 716.626.0600, extension 313.