Hanneke strides in improving care for older adults in nursing and care homes through scientific research in the Netherlands. She has trained both nursing staff of nursing homes in the Netherlands- playing a fundamental role in implementing Namaste Care in their homes across the Netherlands.
Person-centered, loving care and maintaining meaningful activities are very important for people with advanced dementia. Namaste Care incorporate both aspects and can so enhance the quality of life of the people living with dementia. We believe that, even during the COVID-pandemic, Namaste Care can and should still be provided.
In December 2020, we started a follow-up project in the Netherlands to promote Namaste Care and to stimulate further implementation of the program. This project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw). Josine Engels has joined the Dutch team as the project coordinator, to support the Dutch Namaste-champion Hanneke Smaling.
For 2021, we have several activities planned:
- A follow-up study to examine the status of Namaste Care in the nursing homes that implemented the program between 2016-2018 as part of the Dutch Namaste study, and examine the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Namaste Care.
- Updating and improving our Namaste manuals for family caregivers and for healthcare professionals, in both nursing homes and the home setting
- Develop a Namaste Train-the-Trainer Program for healthcare professionals and train at least 8 healthcare professionals to become Namaste Care trainers
- Initiate a national registration system for certified Namaste Care Trainers
- Develop an online Namaste Care webinar for healthcare professionals and volunteers
We are looking forward to a fruitful follow-up of Namaste Care in the Netherlands.