The Namaste’ Care Programme

 

Orchard House are proud to introduce our highly rewarding Namaste’ Care Programme.

Opened by the Major of Sutton Coldfield on 16th September 2017

Developed by Professor Joyce Simard in USA, the aim of the programme is to improve the quality of our resident’s lives by integrating compassionate nursing care with individualised sensory activities in a group setting for those that can no longer take part in conventional activities; particularly for those suffering with advanced dementia.

In the calm and peaceful atmosphere of our Namaste Room. We offer a range of different activities each day and these will vary depending on each resident’s preferences, interests and abilities. Activities can include massage, manicures, make overs, facials, luxury shaves, music therapy, themed sensory sessions, movement sessions, reminiscing activities and more. Namaste’ focuses highly on sensory stimulation and uses the power of touch involving skin to skin contact enhancing resident’s comfort and relaxation.

The word Namaste is a Hindu term meaning ‘to honour the spirit within’ and this is the ethos behind the whole programme, to connect with those who struggle to communicate and express their emotions. Our sensory activities are tailored to each individual resident through details of their social life story and information given to us by family, friends, GPs and other health professionals which then allow our staff to provide activities that help to nurture the residents spirit through loving touch and meaningful activities.

Our programme takes place every day seven days a week.

 

The morning session is from 10am to 11am and our afternoon session is from 2pm till 4pm.

In the calm and peaceful atmosphere of our Namaste Room. We offer a range of different activities each day and these will vary depending on each resident’s preferences, interests and abilities. Activities range from massages, manicures, make overs, facials, luxury shaves, music therapy, themed sensory sessions, movement sessions and reminiscing activities to name just a few. The activities we offer focus mainly on sensory stimulation and skin to skin contact, the focus is on the power of touch; gloves are not used unless there is a risk of infection.

We encourage relatives to take part in these sessions to help staff build on their knowledge of each individual resident and to offer meaningful opportunities for families and friends to connect with their loved one and can provide a support network for them too.

Each resident has their own life story book which is full of social information throughout their lives, with photographs, favourite poems or messages from family and friends and pictures from grandchildren etc. These are used to educated our staff and aid them in sessions to help them communicate with those who can no longer tell you who they are or what they would like, they are also used in Namaste’ sessions as reminiscing triggers.

Our Namaste’ programme encourages all residents to come out of their rooms and join in the group programme; anyone who is too unwell to get up can still take part if they wish as a Namaste’ trolley can be taken to their room and activities can take place in their room instead. However, the programme is much more effective in a group environment helping to dispell feelings of isolation and anxiety purely by the being in the presence of others and having members of staff permanently to hand as staff do not leave the room once each Namaste’ session starts. This also helps to provide structure to residents ‘empty time’(when they are not busy with meals or personal care)