A Day in the Life: Dolls bring life to nursing home

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Park Terrace Health Campus
Park Terrace Health Campus

More than two dozen residents of a Kentucky nursing home are rocking new babies to sleep each day, embracing a gift of love any parent can appreciate. Volunteer Sandy Cambron delivered 28 lifelike dolls and four plush puppies to memory-impaired residents at Kentucky's Park Terrace Health Campus in Louisville, KY, this Valentine's Day.

Cambron's mother-in-law, Pearl, died of Alzheimer's disease in 2008, and Cambron never forgot how much Pearl loved caring for a “baby” in her final months. The dolls struck a chord with Terrace Health residents and followers around the world, who read about the baby-cuddling project online.

Photos captured many of the residents smiling as they clutched at swaddling blankets and plastic baby bottles. One woman chose a girl doll, then carefully considered names before settling on “Amber.”

“You keep her here, and she's gonna keep you company,” Cambron tells the resident in a video.

“We have been simply overwhelmed by the positive response we've received,” Park Terrace noted on its Facebook page, a few days after the delivery was coordinated by life enrichment director Susan Crider. Cambron and her husband, Wayne, have launched a GoFundMe effort to purchase more babies for other facilities in their region