Care home teams up with Worcester University for dementia study

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A MALVERN care home has successfully introduced a new way of providing care for people living with dementia after being involved in a scientific study.

Bradbury Court Care Home teamed up with dementia experts from the University of Worcester to trial the “Namaste” system of dementia care, which helps bring ease to people with acute levels of dementia.

The home, which is run by charity Friends of the Elderly, has just completed a four-month trial of the specialist dementia care method and both residents and loved ones have commented on how successful it has been.

Namaste Care changes the focus and structure of care given to residents during the later stages of their dementia so it is much more holistic and person-centred.

For example, someone may be helped to enjoy a bath for the sheer pleasure and enjoyment of it rather than focusing on a bath as a process to get someone clean.

The manner of 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.

This can include the use of music to manage anxiety and stress and gentle hand massage to make an emotional connection with a resident.

The University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies is regarded as one of the UK’s leading dementia centres and the partnership with Bradbury Court, on Graham Road in Malvern, will feed into a wider study into the effectiveness of the Namaste system.

Home Manager Elaine Lee said it was clear that using the Namaste approach had brought huge benefits to residents.

She said: “We have had relatives say to us what a difference this has made to their loved ones.

“This is already a very calm home, and we specialise in dementia care, but I’m always keen to look at ways we can improve the care that we offer.

“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.

“I’m hugely proud that our home has been involved in this important study and we will definitely continue to put into practice what we have learnt.”

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