Namaste Care Dementia Support

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What is Namaste Care?

An elderly person holds a carer's handsNamaste 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.

This respectful and supportive approach to care for those living with advanced dementia integrates compassionate nursing and person-centred care with individualised, therapeutic activities in a group setting. These activities include sensory stimulation of the five senses (touch, hearing, sight, smell and taste). Multi-sensory techniques include things like music, therapeutic touch and massage, aromatherapy, and food and drink. For example, Namaste Care would encourage ‘giving a bath for the pleasure and enjoyment of having a bath rather than focusing on a bath as a process to get someone clean’.

According to Alzheimer’s UK, Namaste Care is “described as ‘holistic’ because it is incorporated into all aspects of daily life and involves a range of physical, sensory and emotional approaches. These approaches support residents with advanced dementia in many activities, for example managing pain, making sure they are getting enough to eat and drink and use of music to manage anxiety and stress.”


Namaste Care at St Clare Hospice

A man holds a juggling ballOur Namaste Care service at St Clare operates by delivering training to both unpaid carers and paid care staff within the local community of West Essex and East Herts, who look after people living with advanced dementia. This training course is delivered by our dedicated team of Namaste Champions here at the Hospice, who also offer ongoing peer support and monthly group sessions to all those who have attended the Namaste Care course.

The course aims to give an introduction to Namaste Care, training and empowering carers to deliver high-quality, compassionate care to local people living with advanced dementia. 


Do you care for or support someone with advanced dementia?

Do you work in a care home, or support someone at home who is living with advanced dementia? If you live or work in West Essex and East Herts, you could be eligible to attend our free Namaste Care training course. The training will empower you to deliver high-quality, compassionate care to the people who you care for. Whether you are an unpaid, informal carer, looking after a friend or family member, or if you are a paid carer – we’d love to hear from you.

Our Namaste Champions are here to deliver the Namaste Care training course to you, whilst providing ongoing support to you in the months and years ahead of your experience as a carer. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet other carers working with people who have advanced dementia, where you’ll be able to benefit from mutual, peer support from others who understand both the challenges, and rewards, of your role.

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

– Dame Cecily Saunders, founder of the hospice care movement

Our Namaste Care training course offers:

  • Education and information on what advanced dementia is
  • Insight into how you can support people with advanced dementia to live well, and with dignity, until the end of life
  • Techniques to help you offer and provide Namaste Care to the people you support
  • An opportunity to meet and connect other carers, just like you
  • Ongoing support, and monthly meetings with our Namaste Champions and your peers from the training course
  • Advice and guidance from trained Namaste Champions at St Clare Hospice

Book your place on our Namaste Care training course

Our January 2021 training course is now open for booking. Namaste Care training is free to attend and available to those who live or work in West Essex and East Herts. If you would like to find out more about our Namaste Care training course, please leave us a message using the form below.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with our Community Engagement Manager, Sally Muylders.

Email: sally.muylders@stclarehospice.org.uk Phone: 07398714405


Twiddlemuff Appeal

A Twiddleblanket - a blanket with novelty items attached onto it, such as pegs, buttons, flowersHave you heard of a Twiddlemuff? If you have, you’ll know that these nifty, knitted comforters are perfect for restless hands. Often homemade, knitted or crocheted, these handheld comforters are a special way to engage and comfort a person with dementia. Twiddlemuffs provide a great source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation, whilst keeping the hands busy (as well as snug and warm!).

Lend a hand and donate a Twiddlemuff

If you have crafting skills to put to good use, why not create a Twiddlemuff for a local person living with dementia? We are collecting Twiddlemuffs to distribute through our Namaste Care programme. Every person who takes part in our Namaste Care training course will receive a Twiddlemuff!

Download the Twiddlemuff knitting pattern

Click here to download the NHS Oxford University Hospital Twiddlemuff knitting pattern.

Send your Twiddlemuffs to us via post at: Sally Muylders, St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood, CM17 9JX

If you’d like to help our but are not a knitter or crocheter, donations of wool, buttons, beads, ribbons, zips and other novelty additions will be most welcome to help us create a stash of Twiddlemuffs. Thank you!


Get in touch

For more information about Namaste Care at St Clare Hospice, please get in touch. You can contact our Community Engagement Manager, Sally Muylders.

Email: sally.muylders@stclarehospice.org.uk Phone: 07398714405