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Poole care home launches namaste room

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A care home in Poole has created a namaste room to provide specialist care for those living with dementia.

Care UK’s The Potteries, on York Road, has launched the namaste room, where residents can benefit from person-centred care in a calm environment, specifically tailored for those living with dementia.

‘Namaste’ is a Hindu greeting meaning ‘to honour the spirit within’, reflecting the person-centred approach at the heart of the scheme. Namaste care seeks to engage people via their senses and emotions, and especially through the power of touch.

Team members have undergone rigorous training in order to host Namaste Care sessions. Activities such as hand and foot massage, music therapy, themed sensory and movement sessions, or simply chatting to encourage reminiscence all take place in the relaxing setting created within the namaste room.

Namaste care can help calm people living with dementia, and may even reduce the need for medication. The residents enjoy the soft music in the room and the relaxing atmosphere helps to reduce any feelings of agitation. It can also increase team member satisfaction, helping them connect and communicate with residents through touch even when verbal communication is difficult.

Zita Turner, Home Manager at The Potteries, said: “Since the Namaste Care programme has been introduced, team members have worked incredibly hard to become Namaste Care Practitioners and have delivered sessions for small groups of residents up to five times a week – with some wonderful results for those living with dementia.

“We’ve had really good feedback from residents as we extend the sessions out to those with less advanced dementia and other care needs. They appreciate that there’s dedicated, uninterrupted time set aside for quiet one-to-one interaction.

“We are extremely proud to have created the namaste room where there are very few distractions and residents can learn to relax and feel really special – and I know they and their relatives would want to join me in thanking the team for the exceptional care they are providing.”

The Potteries is a state-of-the-art care home which provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. Designed to enable residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, in addition to the Namaste room, the care home also boasts its very own cinema and hair salon. There is also plenty of space, both indoors and out, for relaxation and recreation. The home has a comprehensive activity programme, offering a mix of themed events and group activities.

For more information about The Potteries please call Customer Relations Manager, Caroline Hearne, at or call on 01202 069 835.

For more general information, please visit:

Open to new residents

187 York Road, Broadstone, Poole, Dorset, BH18 8ES

The Potteries

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club

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