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6 July 2017

Namaste Sensory Room benefits Bucklow Manor

by Alexandra Hooson

Newly opened care home Bucklow Manor in Cheshire has had a Sensory Room designed and installed by Rhino UK.

The Sensory Room is used for Namaste Therapy, featuring a mixture of sensory to encourage relaxation and stimulation for the residents. Projection lighting, Aroma fans, Fibre Optic sensory equipment, a Hurricane Tube and more. (links to products)

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.

This care home has devised a Namaste Care Programme, whereby there is a daily therapy session and ono-to-one sessions provided for new clients. 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:

  • A reduction in falls
  • A steady increase in weight as appetites have increased
  • Improvements in communication skills
  • Periods of anxiety and agitation have reduced

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.”

The team at Rhino UK are delighted with the outcome and look forward to working with Donna and the team at Bucklow Manor in the future.