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Namaste Sensory Room for Cheshire Care Home

About Bucklow Manor Care Home

Newly opened care home Bucklow Manor in Cheshire provides Personal Care for those whose primary care needs are age-related, and have a specialist unit for residents with dementia.

Bucklow Manor approach Rhino UK

In 2016 Springcare contacted Rhino UK to discuss the possible opportunity of having a Namaste room fitted into a new home ‘Bucklow Manor’ which was to be opened in early 2017.

The team at Rhino UK worked very closely with the newly appointed home manager Donna to discuss their requirements and to make sure the room was an exact fit for the resident’s needs.

Donna is highly passionate about Namaste Care and with over 30 years’ experience in the care industry has seen amazing results this kind of therapy can create and, therefore knew exactly what she wanted to achieve.

Donna spoke about a resident she previously cared for who has not used speech for years, but once the lady started Namaste therapy an amazing thing happened, she started to open up and talk for a period of time straight after the session.

What is Namaste Care?

It is important that we help people living with advanced Dementia LIVE not just exist. Keeping a person clean, fed and groomed is not living, this is merely existing. People need to be engaged in meaningful activities, feel wanted, loved and need to feel as if they still can contribute. In recent years a lot of research has gone into this subject and you may have come across the terminology ‘Namaste Care™’. Namaste Care™ is a program designed to improve the quality of life for people with advanced Dementia. Namaste, is a Hindu term meaning “to honor the spirit within” and was selected for this program as the main purpose is to bring honor to people who can no longer tell us who they are or who they were or care for themselves without assistance. Namaste involves one-to-one care during daily sessions in a comfortable, communal space with gentle stimulation of the senses.

Bucklow Manors Namaste Room

Bucklow Manor were lucky to have a large space available to create their Namaste Room, which meant they could have a wide variety of sensory and therapy solutions to enhance the therapeutic opportunities.

When you walk into the room you are hit by the beautiful aromas coming from the Aroma fan which has four different scents to choose from.

The centre of the room has comfortable chairs for the residents to sit and relax whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings. Dolls to represent children are placed around the room for residents to interact with, the dolls resonate with them to make them feel comfortable and at ease.

One wall displays an array of tactile panels, to encourage residents to touch and feel different textures. Another wall is covered in fabulous projection from a Solar LED projector, which comes with a variety of wheels themed to suit the specific resident’s needs. A stunning fibre optic waterfall falls alongside this giving an amazing visual effect, whilst also providing tactile exploration.

A Fibre Optic Star cloth is hung in front of the room’s window and a fibre optic ceiling ring on the ceiling both giving off a twinkly starry night effect.

In another corner of the room stands a colour changing hurricane column; the column gives off the impression it has water inside but actually it is waterless, with fan-driven beads which rise and fall inside the tube creating a stimulating bubbling effect.

End Result

The home opened in early March and the Namaste Room has already been a massive hit for the residents and the staff. The home has devised a Namaste Care Programme, whereby there is a daily therapy session and ono-to-one sessions provided. The programme is full of meaningful activities that help to bring pleasure to people with advanced dementia or those with physical or mental impairments.

Donna the Care Home Manager quoted, “There have been some very positive outcomes for residents who have participated in the Namaste Sessions:

Staff who are involved in the Namaste sessions report that they feel a sense of achievement and are proud to be part of delivering the programme to residents in their care. They feel they are spending quality time with the residents who attend and are making a difference to people’s lives. Staff enjoy the closeness with the residents and feel they are doing a worthwhile job.

The sensory room has also become valued by families that visit the home with young children. They enjoy many hours in the sensory room with their relatives and stress and anxiety has been reduced greatly throughout these visits.”