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Best Friends Dementia Care Approach

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Successfully implement this relationship-centered approach to dementia care that builds on the essential elements of friendship—respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor.

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Best Friends Dementia Care Approach

  1. 1. DoYou Have Best Friends™ ? Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Best Friends™ and the related logos are trademarks of Health Professions Press.
  2. 2. Best Friends™ is a relationship-centered approach to care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias What is Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. ?Best Friends™
  3. 3. Best Friends™ focuses on a person’s rights, dignity, and personal history in building meaningful relationships with care partners Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. What is ?Best Friends™
  4. 4. This approach has been found to delay long-term residential placements and help participants feel “cheerful, energetic, content, lively, and anticipatory” Why use Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Best Friends™ ? (Danner & McGuire, 2010, Alzheimer’s Care Today)
  5. 5. is a culture that… Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Best Friends™  Fosters a values system based on empathy and respect  Builds strong relationships between people with dementia and staff, families and staff, and staff to staff  Creates a living and working environment in which everyone is respected and valued
  6. 6. What makes Best Friends™ a success? Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. Best Friends™ Elements Understanding the experience of dementia Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Best Friends™ Elements Embracing the Life Story Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Best Friends™ Elements Developing skillful communication Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
  10. 10. Best Friends™ Elements Recognizing behaviors as expressions of needs Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
  11. 11. Best Friends™ Elements Transforming activities and engagements Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
  12. 12. Best Friends™ Elements Building a supportive care team Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
  13. 13. Best Friends™ Elements Creating a Best Friends™ Environment Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
  14. 14. Best Friends™ Elements Using friendship to apply the Knack of care Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
  15. 15. KNOWLEDGE: Understanding dementia and the experience of the person with Alzheimer’s disease The KNACK Learning Framework™ from the licensed Best Friends™ Approach Associate Trainer Program created by Alzheimer Society Calgary (Canada). K.N.A.C.K. Best Friends™
  16. 16. NURTURING: Through the Life Story, making care relevant to each person The KNACK Learning Framework™ from the licensed Best Friends™ Approach Associate Trainer Program created by Alzheimer Society Calgary (Canada). K.N.A.C.K. Best Friends™
  17. 17. APPROACH: Effective communication with the person with dementia The KNACK Learning Framework™ from the licensed Best Friends™ Approach Associate Trainer Program created by Alzheimer Society Calgary (Canada). Best Friends™ K.N.A.C.K.
  18. 18. COMMUNITY: Facilitating successful, meaningful activities The KNACK Learning Framework™ from the licensed Best Friends™ Approach Associate Trainer Program created by Alzheimer Society Calgary (Canada). Best Friends™ K.N.A.C.K.
  19. 19. KINSHIP: Including family and friends in the care program The KNACK Learning Framework™ from the licensed Best Friends™ Approach Associate Trainer Program created by Alzheimer Society Calgary (Canada). Best Friends™ K.N.A.C.K.
  20. 20. Ensure every person with dementia is accorded respect through the Best Friends™ Dementia Bill of Rights The Best FriendsTM Dementia Bill of Rights by Virginia Bell & David Troxel. Copyright © 2013 Health Professions Press, Inc. www.healthpropress.com/alzbill Best Friends™ Dementia Bill of Rights
  21. 21.  To be informed of one’s diagnosis To have appropriate, ongoing medical care  To be treated as an adult, listened to, and afforded respect for one’s feelings and point of view  To be with individuals who know one’s life story, including cultural and spiritual traditions The Best FriendsTM Dementia Bill of Rights by Virginia Bell & David Troxel. Copyright © 2013 Health Professions Press, Inc. www.healthpropress.com/alzbill Best Friends™ Dementia Bill of Rights
  22. 22.  To have welcomed physical contact, including hugging, caressing, and handholding  To be an advocate for oneself and for others  To be a part of a local, global, or online community  To have care partners well trained in dementia care The Best FriendsTM Dementia Bill of Rights by Virginia Bell & David Troxel. Copyright © 2013 Health Professions Press, Inc. www.healthpropress.com/alzbill Best Friends™ Dementia Bill of Rights
  23. 23. Visit http://bestfriends.healthpropress.com/ or email bestfriends@healthpropress.com for more information! Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

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