Namaste: The new approach to dementia care at Dovehaven Care Homes

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Namaste: The new approach to dementia care at Dovehaven Care Homes

In the world of dementia care, where traditional methods may fall short in engaging individuals in the later stages of illness, Dovehaven Care Homes are proud to champion an innovative approach – Namaste care. As a leading care provider in the north west, we strive to redefine the standard of care for residents living with diseases such a dementia, enhancing their quality of life and fostering a sense of dignity and connection.

Developed in part by the Alzheimer’s society, namaste care, is a holistic approach that goes beyond conventional methods to engage individuals with dementia. Derived from the Sanskrit word, meaning ‘to honor the spirit within,’ this specialist form of care has been developed with the best interests of the residents at heart. At Dovehaven, we recognise that as cognitive abilities decline, residents may find it challenging to participate in regular activities. Therefore, Namaste care focuses on activating all senses – touch, sound, smell, taste, and sight – to create meaningful experiences for our residents. namaste care.

Namaste dementia care at Dovehaven care homes

Incorporating Namaste care into our homes allows us to provide personalized and compassionate support tailored to the unique needs of each resident. Through gentle touch therapy, soothing music, aromatherapy, delicious treats, and visually stimulating environments, we create opportunities for residents to connect with their surroundings and rediscover moments of joy and comfort.

One of the key principles of the approach is the creation of a serene and calming environment where residents feel safe and valued. Our dedicated team of caregivers undergoes specialised training to understand the intricacies of dementia and how to effectively implement them into daily care routines.

By fostering a warm and nurturing atmosphere, we promote emotional well-being and enhance overall quality of life for our residents. Dovehaven is well respected in the industry for our person centred approach to care.

A calm and relaxing bedroom, prepared for namaste dementia care.
Namaste care is often delivered in a resident’s own bedroom, where it is calm and comfortable

At Dovehaven Care Homes, we believe that every individual deserves to live with dignity and respect, regardless of their cognitive abilities. Through our commitment to Namaste care, we aim to uphold these values and provide a holistic approach to residents’ care that prioritises their well-being above all else.

As a leading provider of residential care, Dovehaven continues to set the standard for excellence in senior living. With Namaste care at the forefront of our approach, we remain dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals living with dementia and supporting their families every step of the way.

Interested in learning more about what residential care we have available in our network of care homes across the north west? Contact us today and one of our helpful team will be in touch.

Need more time to think? You can learn more about our care homes on our website to make sure you’re making the right decision for your loved one.

 

About Dovehaven Care Homes

Dovehaven Care Homes is the leading care provider in the North-West of England, providing nursing, dementia and specialist health care to over one thousand clients in more than 20 homes across Southport, Liverpool, Preston, Accrington and Wigan.

Dovehaven Care Homes is committed to delivering excellent and tailored care to each and every one of their residents and has achieved remarkable success, consistently earning “Good” ratings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Carehome.co.uk has recognized Dovehaven as one of the top 20 care home groups in the UK, with consistent ratings of 9.5 and above across its network.

Dovehaven was founded on and continues to operate through their guiding principles of passion, kindness, integrity and inclusivity.

FAQs

Is there any data on how effective Namaste care is in improving the quality of life for dementia patients?

Namaste Care is a technique developed by many leading research institutes around the world, including the University of Worcester here in the UK. You can read more about their findings and data here  https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/namaste-care-dementia-care-homes 

Does Dovehaven offer Namaste care for all their residents, or just those with dementia?

Namaste Care has been designed for people in the later stages of dementia who are living with severe memory loss. However this unique approach is by no means limited to residents with a dementia diagnosis. At Dovehaven, we work closely with our residents and their families to deliver the most appropriate care for them and if we believe a resident would benefit from namaste, then we are happy to provide it.

Is Namaste care only available at Dovehaven Care Homes, or can it be implemented at home for a loved one?

While Dovehaven are proud pioneers in the uptake of this unique type of care, this approach has not been researched or designed by us. Dovehaven’s mission is to elevate the standard of care for all residents across the northwest, even those who are not living in one of our care homes, so we are keen to encourage all other care providers to begin delivering this type of care for their residents.

What are the specific qualifications of the caregivers trained in Namaste care?

As namaste care is a holistic approach, there are no official or specific qualifications required to deliver it. All Dovehaven staff take part in a rigorous induction and ongoing training to ensure that they are equipped with the necessary skills to care for our residents. Interested in working in one of our homes? Check out the latest opportunities here.

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