Ashley Gardens Of Bremerton was the first assisted living community in the country to recognize the need for special programming that would be focused on residents with advanced dementia. Under the leadership of Life Enrichment Director Janet Presley, the Namaste Care Program I developed has provided meaningful activities for residents who could no longer participate in “traditional” activities. The foundation of Namaste Care “is the power of loving touch” and with this calm, soothing approach to care, their residents are surrounded with love.
Residents are smiling, families are grateful for this special care and the staff who offer this program often say that being in the Namaste Care program is the best part of the day.
Years after Ashley Gardens Of Bremerton began to offer Namaste Care, other assisted living communities are beginning to offer Namaste Care in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. Ashley Gardens Of Bremerton, led the way.
Joyce Simard MSW, Adjunct Associate Professor University of Western Sydney, Australia
Geriatric Consultant, Professional Speaker, Author