A MALVERN care home teamed up with University of Worcester dementia experts to trial a new way of providing care for those living with the condition.
A four-month trial at Bradbury Court Care Home tested the ‘Namaste’ system of dementia care which uses a more more holistic and person-centred approach, involving a range of physical, sensory and emotional aspects.
For example, music can be used to manage anxiety and stress and gentle hand massage can help make emotional connections with residents..
The method was deemed a success by both residents and loved ones and the results will now be fed into a wider study.
Home manager Elaine Lee said using the Namaste approach had brought huge benefits to residents and they had received some very positive feedback.
“There can be tendency for people to think that when a person has latter stage dementia there is nothing you can do to reach them, but that’s not necessarily true.
“Namaste proves that something as simple as human touch has the power to make a very profound connection.”
She added she was hugely proud the home had been involved in the study, adding it would put into practice what had been learnt.