As life expectancy has risen in recent decades, countries around the world are now facing the challenges of caring for growing numbers of elderly people with dementia. Providing a good quality of life for sufferers, their families and the staff caring for them is of utmost importance and the subject of current research. The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia, Second Edition from Health Professions Press outlines one such approach to care.
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The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia offers simple and practical ways for direct care staff to provide holistic end-of-life care for people with advanced dementia. With compassion, sensitivity, and creativity, the Namaste Care™ program affirms the individuality and enduring spirit of each person through comforting and meaningful sensory-based experiences. The second edition has been greatly expanded and revised, and provides international examples of Namaste Care™ programs and perspectives from the UK, continental Europe and Australia.

The Namaste Care™ program was the subject of a recent study at a British care home - Ebury Court Residential Home in Romford, Essex – where it was introduced as a quality improvement initiative. The findings are available in the article ‘Effects of Namaste Care: Pilot Study’, 2015, by Beverley A. Manzar and Ladislav Volicer, published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease by Columbia International Publishing. The article summarises the Namaste Care™ approach as one that ‘prevents marginalisation of individuals with dementia through its inclusive one to one approach combining special environment and loving touch’.