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Researchers say there is a lack of evidence on how to provide the best care for patients with advanced dementia who are terminally ill.
This week a group of leading health charities wrote to the prime minister urging him to make this a priority as part of his “dementia challenge”.
I have been to see a new approach to looking after people with severe dementia that’s on trial in several care homes in south London.
The programme is called Namaste, in this case meaning “to honour the spirit within”.
It has been developed for care home residents with severe dementia who can no longer speak up for themselves. They may be immobile, and prone to infections. They often have difficulty swallowing, and may suffer from pain.
At many homes they may be confined to their rooms or placed for hours in front of the TV. At Park Avenue care home in Bromley in Kent staff introduced the Namaste programme last summer.”
Reported on 4 May 2012 by Care Home »