Namaste Care Helps People with Advanced Dementia Live Not Just ExistName : Dr. Joyce Simard
Affliation : Associate Professor
University : Western Sydney University
Country : United States
Joyce Simard will describe beginning of Namaste Care which was devleoped in 2003 in a small nursing home in the United States for residents who could not longer participate in traditional activities. They were kept clean, fed, changed and placed in front of a television, or were bedbound, existing not living. She will then describe the Namaste Care program which is an enhanced nursing program for people with advanced dementia residing in care homes, hospitals, or living at home. It is also implemented in many hospice organizations. Namaste Care means “to honor the spirit within” and has two main principles. One is the environment of Namaste Care room where as many distractions as possible are eliminated, soothing music is played and the scent of lavender permeates the room. The second principle is “the power of loving touch”. Meaningful activities include a gently washing and moisturizing the persons face, hands and arms while softly talking to them. Ladislav Volicer will summarize research evidence of Namaste Care benefits. These include increased quality of life, decreased behavioral symptoms of dementia and decreased use of antipsychotics and hypnotice in people with dementia. Namaste Care is also benefiting family members of people with dementia and the facility staff.
Joyce 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.