End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia, Third Edition

By Joyce Simard, M.S.W.

ISBN 978-1-938870-92-7
approx. 296 pages
6 x 9 papercover
© September 2022


Available on backorder

Product Description


This innovative care program blends nursing care and meaningful activities to promote peaceful and relaxing end-of-life experiences for older adults with late-stage dementia. The first program created specifically for this hardest-to-serve population, Namaste Care also meets the latest regulatory guidelines for person-centered activity programming. The author has developed the program to be adaptable to individual as well as group settings, from nursing home to bedside at home. With this practical guide, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living settings, memory care communities, and hospices can easily and affordably implement a Namaste Care program not only to improve resident quality of life but also to increase family involvement and strengthen staff morale.

New to the revised edition:

  • Detailed descriptions of Namaste Care (NC) Group Program and the NC Individual Program, and instructions for implementing NC in any setting.
  • More case studies and stories to illustrate creative uses of Namaste Care and effective results
  • Further international focus, incorporating programs and perspectives from Australia, the U.K., Europe, as well as Singapore and Indonesia.
  • In-depth description of the physical setting and supplies needed for an effective NC program.
  • Completely updated references


Format: E-book
e-ISBN 978-1-938870-93-4

Coming soon!

Introduction: The Beginning


  1. Introduction to Namaste Care
  2. End-of-Life Dementia Care and Hospice


  1. The Namaste Care Day
  2. The Namaste Care Group Program
  3. The Namaste Care Individual Program
  4. Implementation
  5. The Physical Setting


  1. Quality of Life at the End of Life
  2. Making the Transition
  3. After a Death

Coming soon!

Joyce Simard, M.S.W., is a private geriatric consultant to skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, and hospice organizations worldwide. She is also involved in research projects investigating the efforts of Namaste Care™ in Australia and the United Kingdom. She earned her bachelor of arts in sociology and social work from Ithaca College in New York and her master of social work from the University of Minnesota. She also serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

In addition to the Namaste Care™ program, Simard has developed other programs for people with memory loss. The Memory Enhancement Program (MEP) is for people experiencing memory loss above and beyond what is normal for their age and education. Residents in independent living and assisted living communities as well as those who participate in adult day programs benefit from this unique program. The Club is a program for residents in nursing facilities and assisted living who have moderate memory loss. Its implementation has resulted in a decrease in anti-psychotic medications as well as a decline in resident falls and improved staff and resident satisfaction.

Simard is the author of a children’s book about aging and dementia, The Magic Tape Recorder (2007), which was published in several languages and is currently out of print.

Simard is an internationally recognized speaker who has presented both to families of people with dementia and to healthcare professionals in the United States, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia. As a keynote or featured speaker at professional conferences, she is known for bringing humor and a light touch to serious subjects, teaching through stories of real experiences from her 35 years in healthcare. She also provides in-service training on a variety of subjects, including hospice, bereavement, comfort care, and activity programs for people with all stages of dementia.


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