Effects of Namaste Care on Residents Who Do Not Benefit From Usual Activities

Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2010 Feb;25(1):46-50. doi: 10.1177/1533317509333258. Epub 2009 Mar 30.

Abstract

Namaste Care is a program designed to offer meaningful activities to nursing home residents with advanced dementia or those who cannot be engaged in traditional activities. This 7-day-a-week program is staffed by specially trained nursing assistants who provide activities of daily living in an unhurried manner, with a ''loving touch'' approach to care. The program takes place in a room with lowered lighting, soft music playing, and the scent of lavender. Analyses of Minimum Data Set data before the program were implemented and after residents were involved in the program for at least 30 days showed a decrease in residents' withdrawal, social interaction, delirium indicators, and trend for decreased agitation. Namaste Care helps families feel that in spite of the many losses experienced because of the disease process, something special can still help their loved one to feel comforted, cared for, and cared about in a unique loving environment.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Alzheimer Disease / epidemiology*
  • Alzheimer Disease / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Light
  • Male
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing Homes / statistics & numerical data*
  • Odorants
  • Program Development*
  • Psychomotor Agitation / epidemiology
  • Psychomotor Agitation / prevention & control
  • Treatment Outcome