The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected our lives in many ways. Under tumultuous times, there was concern that how we could get connected learn Namaste Care from Professor Joyce Simard beyond any physical boundaries in Hong Kong. The online training worked. We were pleased that we were receiving good support from Joyce and the team of Namaste Care International. 22 members of interdisciplinary team from the Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union Kwong Yum Care Home were encouraged to engage in the 2-day virtual Namaste Care training in the midst of November 2020.
Joyce shared many featured stories and accessible method that explore Namaste Care in our Chinese culture contexts and reflect on the theory and practice of person-centred and spiritual care more creative and broadly. The vast majority of professional and programme staff expressed that it was indeed an inspiring and encouraging journey to learn more about the core value and compassionate practice of Namaste Care. Also, the impact of Namaste Care model of practice was performed as a catalyst for either increased motivation for inner change or for a drive for providing the best quality care to all our older adults, especially those who are living with terminal illness, in our aged care complex. I do remember Joyce shared a story that an old gentleman with double PhD had his reasons to get up after receiving Namaste Care in the residential care facility. That’s what inspired us to have reasons to shed the light for the betterment of our service users under any circumstances. Namaste Care is a kind of good meal to the person, so what we can do the best is to make a good recipe and perform as a good chef so that the person can enjoy the tasty meal no matter who they are, at anytime and in anywhere. Moreover, her teaching also touched our hearts to go deeply grasping what Empathy is. To us, “Empathy is how we reset the same level from the eyes of the person for the person.”
In 2021, Namaste CareTM – Hong Kong session will be launched. Hopefully it will revolutionise and enhance our person-centred care model by providing compassionate and spiritual care more intensively– to be respectful, timely and responsive to the preference and choice of the “Person” and enable them to maintain their capacities as long as possible, while supporting them when they experience the need of dignified end of life care.
The Person does matter.
In April 2021, The Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union Kwong Yum Care Home officially launched the project, called “Vera Ruttonjee Desai Spiritual End-of-Life Care Centre”. It features Namaste CareTM to deliver high quality end-of-life services to the persons with terminal illness and their families with a spiritual care focus and the inclusion of holistic care programmes in a long-term care setting in Hong Kong.
The professional and frontline team, as our older adults’ spiritual care partners, engaged in 2-day intensive training and learned the model of spiritual end-of-life care and Namaste CareTM @Hong Kong session.
During the training, all spiritual care partners learnt how to support older adults to experience the dignified end of life care through intuitive, organic, contemplative and mindful practices. The caring ambience of upholding and honoring the spirit of every single being was highly promoted. We paid collaborative effort to make a mission statement on actualizing our indigenous model of Spiritual End-of-Life Care with the mission of Namaste CareTM . We hope that our spiritual end-of-life care team can portray the wisdom of integrity of our older adults and path the way for the pursuit of their well-being at the end of life journey.