There are many people with advanced dementia that live in nursing care homes until they die. The quality of life and the care of dying that residents experience can vary from care home to care home. Namaste Care is an approach that focuses on engaging with each individual person's senses through sound, touch, smell, taste and sight, that could provide high quality care for patients with dementia. Previous research indicates that Namaste Care provides comfort for those with advanced dementia and increases the level of care satisfaction of care home staff and family. More research is required to see how current approaches to care for people with advanced dementia compare to the benefits of Namaste Care.
The NAMASTE trial was designed as a three stage project. In stage 1 literature reviews were undertaken to try and see which elements of the Namaste Care work best for those people with dementia in care homes. In stage 2 workshops were conducted in order to refine the intervention to make it feasible to deliver in care homes. In stage 3 a feasibility study was undertaken in 8 care homes, 6 of these would deliver the Namaste care and 2 of these would deliver normal care.
- Froggatt K, Patel S, Perez Algorta G, Bunn F, Burnside G, Coast J, Dunleavy L, Goodman C, Hardwick B, Kinley J, Preston NJ, Walshe C. Namaste Care in nursing care homes for people with advanced dementia: protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2018 Nov 25;8(11):e026531.