Namaste Dementia Care

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Namaste Dementia Care is a person-centred approach, supporting people living with advanced dementia to engage in therapeutic, multi-sensory activities
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Namaste Dementia Care at St Clare

Namaste Dementia Care is a free, personalised service for people living with advanced dementia, who are in the communities of West Essex and East Herts.

The service involves trained Namaste Dementia Care volunteers delivering one-to-one, personalised Namaste Care sessions, to a person in their own home (with their carer present), or residential home. The sessions take place weekly and last up to 2 hours each, with a course of up to 10 sessions offered to individuals.

Namaste Dementia Care sessions are open for referrals. Please get in touch to access the service, or complete the referral form below.

Please click here to download the Namaste Dementia Care Referral Form

Email: namastecare@stclarehospice.org.uk Phone: 07534 031702


What is Namaste Care?

Namaste Care is an internationally-recognised care programme, developed by Joyce Simard in the USA, for people with advanced dementia. The word ‘Namaste’ is a Hindi greeting that means to ‘honour the spirit within,’ as is the guiding principle of Namaste Care.

Namaste Care is a person-centred approach, supporting people with advanced dementia to engage in meaningful activities to promote an improved quality of life.

These activities may include:

  • offering gentle touch, e.g. through hand massage
  • playing favourite music
  • making and looking through a memory box
  • reading favourite books and poems
  • encouraging gentle movement

‘You matter because you are you, and you matter until the end of your life’

– Dame Cecily Saunders, founder of the hospice care movement


Introduction to Namaste Care workshops

We run regular information workshops in Namaste Care for unpaid carers who are looking after family or friends with dementia, as well as paid care staff. Our next Namaste Care information event is taking place online via Zoom on Tuesday 30th April 2024. For information, and to book your place, please contact the Namaste Care Project Coordinator below.


Get in touch

For more information about Namaste Dementia Care, please get in touch. You can contact our Namaste Care Project Coordinator, Joanne Morrison.

Email: namastecare@stclarehospice.org.uk Phone: 07534 031702


Find out more

You might be interested in the weekly Dementia Carers’ Café which takes place at the Hospice every Thursday. Find out more by clicking here.

We also run a weekly Dementia Friendly Gardening Club every Thursday to support people to live well with dementia. Come along and experience the physical, social and therapeutic benefits of connecting with the natural world. For more information, click here.


Volunteer with the project

We’re looking for new people to support the project as a Namaste Dementia Care volunteer. Check out our volunteer vacancies page for more information.


Alzheimer Society's "Working to become Dementia Friendly" 2023 logo. On the far left hand side, three blue and yellow Forget Me Nots can be seen varying in sizes. Next to that, "Working to become Dementia Friendly 2023" can be read in a dark navy and light blue sans-serif font. On the far right hand side, Alzheimer Society's logo can be seen. A faded outline of a flower surrounds the wording "Alzheimer's Society" in a dark navy sans-serif font. All of this is laid out on a white background.Alzheimer’s Society ‘Working to Become Dementia Friendly’ Accreditation

In January 2024, St Clare Hospice were recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society and awarded ‘Working to Become Dementia Friendly’ accreditation, as a result of our commitment to improving the experience of people living with dementia, their families and carers.