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Best Friends (TM) Approach to Dementia Care (Paperback)
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Best Friends ™ Approach to Dementia Care (Paperback)

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Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 30/09/2016
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Remaining as wise and relevant as it ever was, this updated second edition brings professional care partners a wealth of new advice on how to incorporate the celebrated tenets of Best Friends ™ into the everyday care of people with dementia. Using the best qualities of friendship-respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor-you can ensure the highest quality of life for the people in your care, making each day reassuring, enjoyable, and secure.

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.

What's New?

The 2nd edition is substantially reorganized for the benefit of professional care partners and it features an all-new final section:

Part 1:

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

Part 2:

Explains Best Friends in practice in formal care settings, with in-depth chapters on the life story, communication, caregiving Knack, activities, and challenging behavior.

Part 3:

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.
ISBN: 9781932529968
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition

"An outstanding guide for anyone involved in the care of individuals with Alzheimer's disease. The Best Friends (TM) method is an innovative, sensitive and unique approach that can greatly improve the quality of life for patients with the most devastating disease known to man."-William R. Markesbery, M.D., past director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky.

"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).

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