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Best Friends: Elements of Friendship

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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. Find out more about the elements of friendship and how you can be a Best Friend!

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Best Friends: Elements of Friendship

  1. 1. Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Best Friends™ and the related logos are trademarks of Health Professions Press. How can you be a Best Friend™?
  2. 2. Change the way you care! Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Best Best Friends™ is a relationship- centered approach to care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Change the way you care!
  4. 4. Best This approach uses the essential elements of friendship— respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor—to provide the best possible care Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Change the way you care!
  5. 5. Best See how the elements of friendship can be applied to dementia care Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Change the way you care!
  6. 6. Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Friends know each other’s history and personality
  7. 7. Best becomes a person’s memory and is sensitive to the person’s traditions but a Best Friend™ Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Friends spend time and do things together
  9. 9. Best initiates daily activities, tying them into the person’s past interests Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. but a Best Friend™
  10. 10. Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Friends communicate with each other about their lives
  11. 11. Best listens skillfully, encouraging participation in conversations Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. but a Best Friend™
  12. 12. Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Friends build up each other’s self-esteem
  13. 13. Best gives compliments often and always offers encouragement Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. but a Best Friend™
  14. 14. Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Friends are equals in the relationship
  15. 15. Best Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. but a Best Friend™ builds a trusting relationship and does more than 50% of the work
  16. 16. Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Friends work at the relationship
  17. 17. Best Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. but a Best Friend™ works to protect the dignity of the person, and does not talk down to them
  18. 18. Copyright © 2016 by Health Professions Press, Inc. All rights reserved. FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit http://bestfriends.healthpropress.com or email bestfriends@healthpropress.com

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