In addition to explaining the basic elements of communication and caregiving Knack that are essential to the Best Friends approach, this revised edition includes all-new chapters on using the life story, planning activities, being successful when behaviors become challenging, getting the best from families and volunteers, and effectively creating and sustaining a Best Friends program.
The 2nd edition is substantially reorganized for the benefit of professional care partners and it features an all-new final section:
Introduces the building blocks of the Best Friends ™ approach, including the Dementia Bill of Rights, the concept of relationship-centered care, and the core tenets of Best Friends
Explains Best Friends in practice in formal care settings, with in-depth chapters on the life story, communication, caregiving Knack, activities, and challenging behavior.
Discusses how to create and sustain a Best Friends program as well as how to use volunteers and partner with families.
Publisher: Health Professions Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
"Virginia Bell & David Troxel are leaders in the field of aging. Their words will offer caregivers new ideas and new hope as they face the challenge of Alzheimer's disease and dementia."-Gloria H. Cavanaugh, former President & CEO, American Society on Aging
"As a neurologist, I dream about the day that we will find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Until that time, the Best Friends approach is here to give families practical tools for bringing out the best in persons with Alzheimer's disease. This is a well-written, insightful book that gives caregivers a life-affirming, practical framework for approaching this difficult disease. I recommend it to my patients and their families."-Donna Masterman, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Neurology UCLA Medical Center, Clinical Core Director of the UCLA Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.
[Bell and Troxel] have laid out a way of relating that is immediately accessible to all involved in dementia and a policy and programme for service provision. ...Here is an initiative that is easy to understand and is within the immediate capacity of each of us to deliver."-Journal of Dementia Care (on The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care).