Namaste Care: Helps People with Advanced Dementia Live Not Just ExistName : Dr. Joyce Simard
Affliation : Associate Professor
University : Western Sydney University
Country : Australia
Namaste Care is a small group program for residents in a nursing home who could no longer participate in traditional activities. They were kept clean, fed, changed and placed in front of a television, or were bedbound, exisitng not living. It has now been adapted for assisted living, hospitals, home care agencies, hospice organizations and can now be found in eight countries. The Gold Standard for Namaste Care is that it is offered in care homes seven days a week for four hours a day. The room or space where Namaste Care is offered as a small group is as free from distractions as posssible. Residents are taken there after breakfast for the morning session. They are greeted inidvidually and assessed for pain. A soft blanket is tucked around them and they are offered a beverage. Morning activities include gentle washing of the face and moisturizing of the face, hands, arms and legs. Their hair may be combed or scalps massaged. All of these activities are offered with a slow loving touch approach with the carer softly talking to them. They leave the room for lunch and return for the afternoon activities that may include bringing seasonal items to them, feet soaking, nail care and fun activities such as blowing bubbles. Beverages are offered on a continous basis for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Namaste Care can be brought to the persons bedside and offered by trained staff or volunteers. Supplies are not expensive and no additional staff has to be hired. Outcomes are always positive for the person recieving Namaste Care, the staff and families.
Dr. Jyoce Simard MSW Is An Adjunct Associate Professor School Of Nursing, University Of Western Sydney Australia And A Private Geriatric Consultant Residing In Land O Lakes, Florida. She Has Been Involved In Long-term Care For Over 35 Years Serving As Alzheimer’s Specialist For Many Health Care Companies Providing Services In Skilled Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Communities And Hospice Organizations Ms. Simard Has Written Numerous Articles And Chapters In Healthcare Books And Has Authored Three Books: “The Magic Tape Recorder”, A Book For Children About Alzheimer’s Disease And” The End Of Life Namaste Care Program For People With Dementia” Now In Its Second Edition Professor Simard Has Been Involved With The School Of Nursing, University Of Western Syndey,Australia And Also With St. Christophrer’s Hospice In The UK Measuring Aspects Of Quality Of Life For People With Advanced Dementia, Their Families And Staff Participating In The Namaste Care Program . In January Of 2013, Provider Magazine Recognized Her As One Of “20 To Watch“ For Her Leadership And Commitment To Improve The Lives Of Residents In Long-term Care Facilities.