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The perceived impact of the Namaste Care Family program on nursing home residents with dementia, staff, and family caregivers: a qualitative study.

Smaling, H.J.A., Francke, A.L., Achterberg, W.P., Joling, K.J., Steen, J.T. van der. The perceived impact of the Namaste Care Family program on nursing home residents with dementia, staff, and family caregivers: a qualitative study. Journal of Palliative Care: 2022
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Objective(s)
To examine the perspectives of staff, and family caregivers (i.e., family, friends, and volunteers) on the impact of the Namaste Care Family program on all involved. The Namaste Care Family program is a structured program for people with advanced dementia based on a palliative care approach in which family caregivers provide daily sessions together with staff with the aim to increase residents’ quality of life.

Methods
In this descriptive qualitative study, we interviewed 12 family caregivers, and 31 staff members from 10 nursing homes. Data was analyzed thematically.

Results
A perceived impact of the program was identified for the residents, staff, and family caregivers. For residents, this included well-being, more engagement, enhanced interactions, changes in energy level, and weight gain. The impact on family caregivers included a more positive view of people with dementia, changes in family visits, mixed feelings during sessions, and mixed changes in relations with all involved. For staff, this included diverse work experiences, shift to more person-centered care (more time and attention for residents, and more awareness), and developing relationships with residents and colleagues.

Conclusions
The Namaste Care Family program was valued for its observed benefits and shift towards a person-centered care culture.