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What is the Evidence for the Activities of Namaste Care? A Rapid Assessment Review

Bray, Jennifer ORCID:, Brooker, Dawn ORCID: and Garabedian, Claire (2019) What is the Evidence for the Activities of Namaste Care? A Rapid Assessment Review. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. ISSN Print: 1417-3012 Online: 1741-2684

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Abstract Objectives: To assess the quality of research evidence for the different activity components for the psycho-social Namaste Care intervention for care home residents with advanced dementia. Design: Namaste Care is a multi-component intervention delivered on a daily basis to people living with advanced dementia or people at end of life with dementia. A significant part of its operationalisation within care homes is the delivery of a number of activities delivered by trained in-house Namaste Care workers to a group of residents with similar high dependency needs. The Namaste Care workers focus on touch, music, nature, sensory experience, aromas and interactions with objects delivered in a way to enhance feelings of enjoyment and wellbeing. This review evaluated the evidence for using these activities with people living with advanced dementia. A systematic search of peer-reviewed research articles was conducted between November 2016 and September 2018 using search terms of activities used in Namaste Care. The quality of each accepted article was rated using the Rapid Evidence Assessment scale. Results: The initial literature search returned 1341 results: 127 articles including 42 reviews were included. The majority of activity interventions yielded between 10 and 20 peer-reviewed papers. The use of smells and aromas, interacting with animals and dolls, the use of various forms of music (e.g. background music, singing, personalised music), nature, lighting, various forms of touch/massage and sensory interventions (including Snoezelen) all appear to have proven efficacy with people living with advanced dementia. Conclusions: There is generally a limited number of research papers and reviews in this area, but overall there is a good evidence base for including these activities within Namaste Care for people living with advanced dementia.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: dementia, Namaste Care, literature review, evidence base, intervention
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Jennifer Bray
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 12:46
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:32

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