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​​​​​Namaste Care In Person-centred Care Approach

Dementia is a progressive and degenerative disease, and there are several stages for the progression of dementia. In the moderate to advanced stage, daily activities may become increasingly challenging without assistance. For some, speech is affected and may find it more difficult to express themselves, communicate their needs or engage in meaningful conversations with those around them.

Hence, it is important for caregivers to learn how to connect with your loved ones by showing your love and concern through different approaches such as touch, reading or engaging them in activities they enjoy.

What is Namaste Care and How Did It Begin?

Namaste Care is a programme developed in 2003 by Joyce Simard. She observed that dementia care focused more on medical concerns and “the experience of advanced dementia remains misunderstood and underserved”. She commented that residents in nursing homes “are well-groomed, changed and fed. But what is their quality of life?” It is this focus on increasing quality of life that defines Namaste Care. The programme seeks to address the gap in provision of social, emotional and psychological support for people living with advanced dementia.

‘Namaste’ means “to honour the spirit within”, and the programme adopts a person-centred care approach to support people living with moderate to advanced dementia to meet their sensory and emotional needs and improve their quality of life. It is also suitable for persons with end-stage illnesses such as cancer who may lack social engagement and stimulation, as well as potentially be experiencing pain and feelings of depression. Person-centred care is a holistic approach to dementia care where every person is treated with dignity, compassion and respect.


Focus of Namaste Care

The purpose of Namaste Care is to give comfort through two pillars:

  • Create a calm, comfortable environment
  • Provide interactions and meaningf​ul activities in an unhurried loving touch approach


For persons living with dementia:

  • Substantial reduction in agitation with significant increase in quality of life
  • Improvements in areas such as communication, eating and drinking, weight gain, calling out, aggression and well-being expressions were noted

For family and visitors:

  • Families involved in training or sessions saw positive impact on their loved ones
  • Presented new ways of communication by families with their loved ​one ​


Namas​​te​ Care Toolkit

​This t​o​olkit provides practical tips on how to communicate with your loved ones, create a more conducive environment for daily activities of living and simply enjoying each other’s company. ​

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This video provides a step-by-step guide for caregivers on how to provide Namaste Care in the form of a gentle massage.


Provide Int​er​actions and Meaningful Activities In An Unhurried Loving Touch A​pproach

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Capture your loved one’s interest and attention using multi- sensory activities.

For loved ones where verbal communication may be difficult, meaningfully-chosen activities can enable your loved one to experience non-verbal communication and stimulation.

When introducing an activity, take time to explain and demonstrate to your loved one what the activity is about, as this is more likely to result in a positive response.

It is important to determine the suitable activity based on their functions and preferences. These are some examples of activities for your loved one:

Namaste Checklist​​

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