Effects on quality of life and family caregiving experience by the Namaste Care Family program for advanced dementia (WC2014-048)

Background

Starting date: 01/12/2014

Quality of life of people with advanced dementia in the Netherlands can be improved. People may be isolated as they cannot participate anymore in the activities that are offered. Some present challenging behaviors, and families may be frustrated with limited contact with their loved ones.

A US program called Namaste Care aims to increase quality of life and comfort specifically for these people. It incorporates person-centered and palliative care approaches and includes end-of-life care. Loving touch, presence of others, and engaging people in meaningful activities, such as gentle personal grooming, are central. Evidence accumulates that the program successfully changed the lives of people and their families in US, UK, and Australian nursing homes. In particular, it improved behavior, reduced use of psychotropic medications and did not increase health care costs.