The Namaste Care Project is a sensory-based scheme funded by NHS England and created by Professor Joyce Simard.
The programme combines traditional nursing with a range of physical and sensory activities to provide stimulating experiences for individuals living with dementia.
The project aims to make residents feel supported, wanted, loved and empowered. There are many reported benefits as the varied, meaningful activities can help residents with practical support (such as managing pain and making sure they are getting enough to eat and drink) and improving their welfare and comfort (for example, the use of music therapy can help to ease anxiety and stress). This contributes to enhancing residents’ daily experiences and interactions with the world around them.
Sensory activities and therapies have been incorporated into our high quality care as a result, encouraging resident participation, motor skills, vocalisation and positive social interactions.
Along with other care homes, NHS England will be measuring our findings on the Namaste Project.