Patient and Public Involvement

Two members of the team have experience of caring for a relative or close friend with advanced dementia and will play an important role in the design of patient information, promotion of the trial and in the analysis of data

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Kick-Off Meeting

Members of the NAMASTE Trial Project gathered at Lancaster University on the 20th December 2016 for the inaugural 'Kick-Off' meeting

A feasibility trial to improve the quality of dying for people with advanced dementia living in care homes

NAMASTE Research Tweets:

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NamasteResearch A pleasure to work with @NIHRCRN_gman on this study. twitter.com/NIHRCRN_gman/status/1039452445821337600
11:00AM 11/09/18
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NamasteResearch Fabulous to work with all the homes taking part in @NamasteResearch too. twitter.com/NIHRCRN_gman/status/1039456675231621120
10:59AM 11/09/18
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NamasteResearch And check out our infographics as a way of enhancing communication about #NamasteTrial intervention. #ASPPCC2018 pic.twitter.com/xuN1nUsQOl
09:03AM 15/03/18
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NamasteResearch Come and find out about our #NamasteTrial at poster #47 or speak to @cewalshe #ASPPCC2018 pic.twitter.com/1a0Nrn1B9f
08:53AM 15/03/18
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NamasteResearch Sorry. Only working in the context of our @OfficialNIHR trial at the moment. Watch this space (and our website).
11:00PM 14/02/18

Thank you for your interest in this trial.

Why is this trial needed?

Many people with advanced dementia live and die in nursing care homes. The quality of life, care and dying experienced by residents can vary. Namaste Care is an approach to care that could provide high quality care for patients with dementia. The initial research suggests Namaste Care provides comfort for people with advanced dementia and increases staff and family satisfaction with care. Further research is still required to see how the benefits of Namaste Care compare with other approaches to care for people with advanced dementia.

Namaste Care is an approach that focuses on engaging with each individual person's senses through sound, touch, smell, taste and sight.

This two-year Namaste Care Trial programme aims to make a difference to the care of people dying with advanced dementia in care homes by personalising care. This personalised approach could include sensory activities like hand massage, tasty treats and drinks, and handling items relevant to the person's previous interests like balls of wool if they enjoyed knitting.

A structured approach to care, provided by the usual staff, engages the individual's senses, offering meaningful activities that reflect their interests.

Lead researcher Professor Katherine Froggatt said: "Depending on the individual, they may benefit from calming and relaxing activities or interaction that provides stimulation. It's very much about seeing what works for each person."

Katherine discusses the Namaste Care Trial in the following video: