Wigmore Care Home Embraces Namaste Care
Residents of Rogers House Residential Care Home in Wigmore added a touch of Namaste and relaxation to their activities this week.
Taking a break from their usual social and energetic activities, residents of the Drewery Drive care home enjoyed some downtime this week, in their Namaste lounge.
Focussing on stimulating all of the senses, the home’s Namaste lounge features soothing lighting and relaxing music and the scent of essential oils fill the air. Residents using the room enjoy massages, hand and face washes as well as flavoured water and healthy snacks.
The Namaste approach was developed when research by the Alzheimers Society found that many people living with advanced dementia in care homes have little contact with staff, other than for personal care or help with eating and drinking.
The theory says that a structured programme of sensory activities, which are focussed on pleasure rather than physical need can benefit residents. For example, bathing for the relaxation and enjoyment rather than for the purpose of getting clean.
Jackie Miles, General Manager of Rogers House said: “Our Namaste lounge is a big part of our person-centered approach here at Rogers House. We aim to spend time doing meaningful activities, which help the staff to get to know the residents on a more personal level and also have a positive effect on the residents’ wellbeing.
“In particular at the moment with the ongoing pandemic, some of our residents are missing loved ones and going out, so a designated room where they can relax and unwind, is really helping to relieve some anxieties.”