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Center uses spa treatments to suppress dementia outbursts

January 17, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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As dementia progresses, some people with the condition become aggressive and out-of-touch.

A new program at an area nursing home uses touch and spa-like treatments to bring comfort to its end-of-life residents, according to a report from WKBT in La Crosse.

Lake Winona Manor began the Namaste Program last April. Lead nurse Theresa Dillinger said for the home, “namaste” means “honoring the inner spirit.”

She said that the previous year, there had been 28 staff injuries from residents. But in the nine months since the Namaste program began, that number is down to nine.

In the Namaste room, residents with dementia are met with music, diffusers, massages, nail care and more, with activities designed to meet individual interests.

"It's great, knowing they've got that comfort. They're not just sitting there staring at a wall,” Dillinger said. “It warms your heart."

In the beginning, the Namaste Program was designed for late-stage dementia patients, but it has grown to include more of the home's 34 residents.

Since the program began, Dillinger said residents' aggression both to staff and other residents has gone down markedly.

For more information on this program and others like it, visit