Nazareth Home, 2000 Newburg Road, will welcome Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz to its campus Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. The archbishop will bless the nursing home’s new Namaste Room, a space that will house the home’s Namaste Care program for residents with dementia.
A news release from Nazareth Home explained that “namaste” is a Hindu term meaning “to honor the spirit within and was selected to describe a program that brings honor to people who can no longer tell us who they are or who they were or care for themselves without assistance.”
The program, funded by a grant from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, is designed to improve the quality of life for dementia patients by providing a comforting environment and soothing activities that “bring pleasure when done with a loving touch,” the release said. For example, residents may receive hand and foot massages, have their hair brushed with slow movements or receive an “old fashioned” shave.
A reception with the members of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth community will follow the blessing.