Are you caring for a family member who has been diagnosed with dementia? Then you may be interested in this special new programme which begins at Derry Well Women on Wednesday 26th April.

The Namaste programme will provide carers with the skills and supports they need to give comfort and pleasure to their loved ones, says DWW manager Susan Gibson. The programme will run over 7weeks from 2-4pm every Wednesday, and will be facilitated by a McMillan Palliative Care Facilitator and a Complementary Therapist.

“We are delivering the Namaste programme in partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust,” says Susan. ‘Namaste’ is an Indian greeting which means ‘to honour the spirit within’.

The care programme is multi-dimensional, including physical, sensory and emotional elements. The purpose of Namaste Care is to give comfort to people with advanced dementia through sensory stimulation, especially the use of touch.

How the programme helps dementia carers & patients

Namaste Care is a structured programme, developed by Joyce Simard in the US, which integrates compassionate nursing care with individualised activities for people with advanced dementia in a group setting.

The course will enable carers to experience ways of communicating through touch, sight, smell, taste and sound (the 5 senses) when verbal communication has broken down.

Namaste Care increases the length of time that a carer can spend engaging and connecting with their loved one with advanced dementia and provides a possible  solution to meeting their sensory and emotional needs and enriching their quality of life.

If you are interested in taking part in the Programme, please contact Susan or Oonagh at Derry Well Women on 02871360777