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From The CriticsReviewer: Marlene S. Foreman, BSN, MN (Hospice of Acadiana, Inc.)
Description: Namaste is a Hindu term meaning "to honor the spirit within." This book describes the use of a Namaste Care program in facilities that care for residents with advanced dementia. By using case studies of real people, the book provides insight into what can be done to assist persons with dementia to live fully. The author states that this second edition includes updated information, current language for describing various caregivers, and covers more countries using the program.
Purpose: The first edition, published in 2007, encouraged health professionals to reassess how individuals with dementia are treated. The second edition focuses on enhancing the care of persons with dementia in long-term care facilities and hospices. The book enables readers to develop their own programs or at least use some of the examples to provide excellent care to their residents or even their own families.
Audience: This book is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to use to apply the principles and examples of care. Any family member caring for a loved one with dementia would find this book just as valuable as the healthcare student or professional. Physicians, nurses, social workers, and long-term care administrators would find this book an excellent resource. The author is very knowledgeable, and is an active participant in the Namaste Care program.
Features: It is really hard to describe everything that is in this book. It begins with some historical facts about Alzheimer's, progresses through early dementia care, and then discusses recent developments. The Namaste Care program occupies the majority of the book, describing specific behaviors and how they are addressed using the Namaste way. Examples include ways to enhance memory, the senses of smell and taste, changes of the seasons, and honoring an individual's past occupation or activities. The best part of the book lies in the explicit descriptions of the methods used. This part is so engrossing that I forgot I was reading the book to review it. I was lost in the case studies and could visualize how effective a Namaste Care program would be. The appendix includes specific tools and the index allows readers to locate specific ideas and topics easily.
Assessment: As a hospice nurse and caregiver for my father who had dementia before he died, I was able to read this book with the insight of one who has "been there" and understands the magnitude of the problems faced by loved ones and professional caregivers. I wish I had known of this book (the first edition) when I was caring for my father. Since I am not sure how much has changed since the first edition, I can only assume that due to the wealth of new information in healthcare in the intervening years, this valuable resource has updated information and new examples. The Namaste Care program also has expanded to many countries and the inclusion of additional case studies is important.