Harmony House welcomes its newest addition

Harmony House Assisted Living recently received a “Loving Hearts” nursery baby from funds raised for the Mind’s annual motorcycle ride. Pictured with the doll are (from left): Michele Henifin, resident services outreach coordinator; Darlene Bednar from the Alzheimer’s Ride for the Mind and Bridget Britz, Horizon Health executive director.
Harmony House Assisted Living recently received a “Loving Hearts” nursery baby from funds raised for the Mind’s annual motorcycle ride. Pictured with the doll are (from left): Michele Henifin, resident services outreach coordinator; Darlene Bednar from the Alzheimer’s Ride for the Mind and Bridget Britz, Horizon Health executive director.

Harmony House Assisted Living recently received a “bundle of joy” from Alzheimer’s Ride for the Mind. This “Loving Hearts” nursery baby was given to Harmony House from funds raised from the Ride for the Mind’s motorcycle ride that is held annually in June.

These lifelike, made-to-order babies are made by Daryl and Cindy Lindbloom from Loving Hearts Nursery in St. Joseph.

“No two babies are ever alike and each one has its own unique charm. Every detail is done by hand to bring each baby to life,” Cindy Lindbloom said.

When holding these lifelike babies, people automatically feel the need to rock them back and forth like people would with any baby. These Loving Hearts babies have the ability to soothe and comfort people with dementia. Researchers reported significant improvement in the behavior of people with dementia when dolls were introduced to them as a choice. This type of therapy has proven to be an effective approach in reducing negative and challenging behaviors, and promoting more positive behaviors, mood and reduction in wandering.

Michele Henifin, resident services outreach coordinator for all four of Horizon Health’s Harmony Houses, is planning on having residents pick a new name for their newest resident. The baby is already providing residents and staff with lots of smiles.

Harmony House, which is a division of Horizon Health, has memory care assisted livings in Little Falls, Pierz, Brainerd and Motley. For more information about Harmony House, call (320) 468-6451.