“Everyone wins with the positive enveloping Namaste Careapproach to advanced dementia-residential care providers, care teams, caring families and, best of all, people living with advanced dementia. Simard's wise, experienced, practical, rich, and detailed specifics interspersed with inspiring stories of small miracles make real and achievable all the abstracts ideals of dignified, compassionate quality care"...”
- Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, Duke University
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The End of Life Namaste Care™ Program for People with Dementia

The Second Edition of The End of Life Namaste Care™ Program for People with Dementia is now available! This second edition features chapters on adapting Namaste Care™ for hospice organizations and assisted living. This edition includes new, international developments in Namaste Care™, including work in Australia with the University of Sydney and in the United Kingdom with St. Christopher's Hospice in London

The book is available for purchase online in the United States, Europe, and Australia

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Namaste Care™ Articles

The Namaste Care Programme Can Reduce Behavioural Symptoms in Care Home Residents With Advanced Dementia - by Miranda Stacpoole, Jo Hockley, Amanda Thompsell, Joyce Simard, and Ladislav Volicer, Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 2014.

Two Days - by Joyce Simard, Journal of Gerontological Nursing; Vol. 40, No. 6, 2014.

At Last I've Found You - by Joyce Simard, Journal of Gerontological Nursing; Vol. 39, No. 12, 2013.

"Effects on Namaste Care on Residents Who Do Not Benefit from Usual Activities" - by Joyce Simard & Ladislav Volicer, Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Dementias 2010; 25; 46 originally published online March 30, 2009.

"Namaste Care - A Palliative Care Program for People with Advanced Dementia" - published in 2012 by E-International.

"One Small Miracle" - The touching story of the first Namaste Care program and how it transformed the lives of one previously unreachable resident. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Volume 38, Number 9, 2012.

"Honouring the Spirit Within" - James Baldwin introduces Namaste Care to a residential aged care facility in New South Wales. A creative program offering people with advanced dementia dignity and gentle engagement through to the end of their lives.

Namaste Care at EPOCH Senior Living of Brewster - Program wraps nursing home patients in warm embrace. - March 2011, Cynthia McCormick, Cape Cod Online, Massachusetts.

"Space for Comfort" - Hale Nani's Namaste Care Rooms stimulate dementia patients' senses of familiarity. - February 2011, Star Advisor, Hawaii.

Featured in both the Blacktown Advocate and Mt. Druitt St. Mary's Standard, this article discusses a success story of the implementation and benefits of the Namaste Care program.

NURSING staff at Minchinbury Manor did not know what to do when Gwen Grugan cried out. Ms Grugan, 88, is in the advanced stages of dementia at the Rooty Hill aged care facility. But since she was placed in the Namaste Care program, her anxiety has disappeared.
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Silent and Invisible; Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia   - The Namaste Care Program is designed to provide meaningful activities through therapeutic touch, music and life review to nursing home residents with advanced dementia.

Mathew's Story

‘Namaste’ Care Honors the Spirit Within Advanced-Dementia Patients  

Namaste: Honoring The Spirit Within - A multisensory approach to Alzheimer's management.
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