Namaste Care: Research Results.Name : Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Affliation : Professor
University : University Of South Florida
Country : USA
Namaste Care is an enhanced nursing program developed by Professor Joyce Simard, MSW for persons with advanced dementia. Its goal is to increase quality of life. This presentation will summarize research results from several countries, Australia, United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Research results showed that Involvement in Namaste Care increased quality of life in residents with dementia and improved behavioral symptoms of dementia. Loving touch, which is one of the main components of Namaste Care, made residents more accepting touch necessary for their daily care, resulting in less rejection of care. This change made caring for these residents easier for staff and allowed decrease of antipsychotic and hypnotic medications. Residents in Namaste Care program benefited also from modifications of their environment. They became more verbal and this change improved quality of visits of family members with their relatives. Namaste Care activities decreased pain complaints and increased oral hydration. Namaste Care may be suitable also for residents who do not benefit from traditional activities but have other advanced diseases, e.g., COPD and CHF. Several additional studies, investigating effects of Namaste Care, are currently ongoing in Canada, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.