Are you caring for a family member with advanced dementia? Then find out more about our dementia carers programme for women, which begins at Derry Well Women again on Monday 12th February.

“The Namaste programme will provide dementia carers with the skills and supports they need to give comfort to their loved ones”. That’s according to DWW manager Susan Gibson. “This is the third time we have run the programme, which we introduced in April of 2017.”

About the Dementia Carers Programme

The programme will run over 6 weeks from 1.30-3.30pm every Monday. A MacMillan Palliative Care Facilitator and a Complementary Therapist will facilitate the course.

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

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. It aims to do this through sensory stimulation, especially the use of touch.

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

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

Recommendations for Dementia Carers Programme

DWW manager Susan Gibson says dementia carers who took part in the first programme gained a lot from taking part.

“Certain Foods brought back fond memories for my mum,” said one participant. Another said she hadn’t realised how important it was to have an environment filled with fond memories. She added that these included items such as pictures, smells and mementos from the past.

Others said it gave them a “better grounding on the needs and attitudes required to be a carer.”

Derry Well Women runs the Namaste programme in partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust.  ‘Namaste’ is an Indian greeting which means ‘to honour the spirit within’.

If you want to book a place or find out more about the Programme, please contact Patricia or Oonagh at Derry Well Women on 02871360777.