Practice of Namaste Care for people living with dementia in the UK
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Practice of Namaste Care for people living with dementia in the UK

Jennifer Bray Research assistant, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, Worcester, England
Teresa Atkinson Senior research fellow, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, Worcester, England
Isabelle Latham Senior lecturer, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, Worcester, England
Dawn Brooker Director, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, Worcester, England

Originating in the US, Namaste Care aims to improve quality of life for people with advanced dementia. However, recognition in the UK is sparse. This article reports on research that aims to create consistent understanding of the purpose, application and effect of Namaste Care. Using an online survey, telephone interviews and discussion group with UK practitioners we explored Namaste Care practice, its components and implementation challenges. Findings show that Namaste Care has potential to improve quality of life in advanced dementia and is held in high regard by practitioners. However, understanding is inconsistent and practical implementation highly varied.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2018.e1109

Citation

Bray J, Atkinson T, Latham I et al (2018) Practice of Namaste Care for people living with dementia in the UK. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2018.e1109

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

j.bray@worc.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 12 December 2018

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