Many individuals approaching the end of life with advanced dementia will live in a care or residential home. A wide spectrum of care is required and physical and safety needs may be prioritised above all other requirements. The Namaste Care Programme is designed to provide a holistic approach to meeting the needs of those with advanced dementia. This paper will outline the process of introducing this programme into a care home and its impact upon those who were involved. With a small sample of residents (n=9) the programme ran for 4 weeks. Feedback was gathered at baseline and during the programme from family and staff. This service innovation offered useful insights and indicated that it has the potential to improve the experiences of those with dementia, their family members and staff. The learning gained will be valuable when developing this initiative at scale and for future robust evaluation.
|Journal||International Journal of Palliative Nursing|
|Early online date||30 Aug 2017|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 30 Aug 2017|
- Namaste programme
- Nursing home