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

The Namaste Care Trial is a 3 phase research study

Phase 1: Review
Undertake interviews with experts in the delivery of Namaste Care. Search for literature to identify which elements of Namaste Care work best for people with advanced dementia within nursing care homes.

Phase 2: Intervention Refinement
Conduct workshops with family members of people with advanced dementia who are living in nursing care homes and nursing care home staff.  Prepare appropriate resource materials to support the delivery of Namaste Care in nursing care homes.

Phase 3: Feasibility Trial
Conduct a feasibility trial in eight nursing care homes. Six care homes will be randomly selected to use Namaste Care. Two care homes will be randomly selected to use their normal practice of care.
Each person with dementia will receive Namaste Care seven days a week with two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. The feasibility of delivering the Namaste Care intervention and undertaking research on the intervention in the nursing care homes will be assessed using surveys, observation and interviews.

Further details about the study and the research design are available on the funder’s website:

See https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/hta/151011/#/