Scooter Baby Ministries buys baby dolls and delivers them to Alzheimer and Dementia patients in or out of nursing homes to improve the mental and emotional health of these people. The ministry came about when nurses and caregivers realized they could use the dolls to encourage patients to eat their food, take medications and even to return to their rooms.
Caregivers use the dolls as a way to communicate and interact with their loved ones, and it is not unusual to find that after a month or so of having a doll some patient’s medications were reduced, perhaps because they focus on the doll instead of their pain and ailments.
By using the doll, caregivers are sometimes able to influence their patient’s behavior. They may tell a person with dementia, “Mrs. Brown, your baby won’t take his meds (or eat his lunch). Would you take yours and show him how?”
The name “Scooter Baby” comes from the fact that when a group adopts a nursing home, they buy the dolls and start planning a delivery where bikers drive up with the dolls riding in their laps on the motorcycles.
The life-like dolls cost $15 – $20 each. To donate or volunteer, call 318-218-5438. The non-profit charity can be checked out at www.scooterbabyministries.org or email them at ScooterBabyMinistries@gmail.com.