Launch of the Namaste Care Implementation UK Project - helping UK-based care homes to provide better care for people with advanced dementia
Researchers at the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies have been awarded a 3-year Implementation Grant by the Alzheimer’s Society to develop a Namaste programme in the UK, aimed at introducing a more holistic approach to care for people living with advanced dementia. During the evening those involved will give more details of the Project and how the programme will be implemented.
Presentation of the 2016 Hennell Award
The evening will also see the presentation of the 2016 Hennell Award in memory of the late Brian Hennell. June Hennell MBE, his wife, has kindly sponsored this award for ‘Innovation and Excellence in Dementia Care’ to celebrate the achievements of an individual or team who have shown their ability to implement positive change for people living with dementia.
Namaste Care was developed by Joyce Simard and has been growing in popularity in Europe and Australia. “Namaste” is a Hindu greeting meaning ‘to honour the spirit within’. Namaste Care combines best practice in a range of different types of care, including physical, sensory and emotional approaches. Examples include improving pain management, ensuring proper nutrition, using music, aroma-therapy and personalised nurturing communication with each individual person.
The project will enable us to investigate in depth how this can work within UK care homes to improve the quality of life for people who are often the most difficult, based on a successful US system .