The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care / Edition 1

The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care / Edition 1

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by Virginia M. Bell
     
 

ISBN-10: 1878812351

ISBN-13: 9781878812353

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: Health Professions Press

Because Alzheimer's disease affects each person differently, caregivers continue to search for methods that can meet diverse needs. The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care offers an uplifting, effective method for the care of people with Alzheimer's disease. This comprehensive program uses positive strategies that build on older adults' remaining strengths

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Because Alzheimer's disease affects each person differently, caregivers continue to search for methods that can meet diverse needs. The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care offers an uplifting, effective method for the care of people with Alzheimer's disease. This comprehensive program uses positive strategies that build on older adults' remaining strengths and abilities. It's easy to learn and simple to implement. The basic elements found in any good friendship — respect, empathy, support, trust, humor—are what give the Best Friends model the flexibility to adapt to individuals at all points along the ever-changing continuum of the disease process. Whether dealing with confusion, frustration, anxiety, anger, or other challenges, caregivers will find in this volume the specific tools they need to solve problems and improve care recipients' behavior — compassionately and effectively. Learn how to ensure the highest quality of life for people with Alzheimer's disease, not just by preventing catastrophic episodes but by making every day consistently reassuring, enjoyable, and secure.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781878812353
Publisher:
Health Professions Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
433,893
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Experience of Alzheimer's Disease9
Ch. 2Alzheimer's Disease Basics21
Ch. 3Assessing Remaining Strengths and Abilities27
Ch. 4An Alzheimer's Disease Bill of Rights37
Ch. 5The Art of Friendship43
Ch. 6The Life Story65
Ch. 7The "Knack" of Alzheimer's Care91
Ch. 8The Best Friends Approach to Communication115
Ch. 9The Best Friends Approach to Activities127
Ch. 10The Best Friends Approach at Home143
Ch. 11The Best Friends Approach in Adult Day Services161
Ch. 12The Best Friends Approach in Long-Term Care Facilities179
Ch. 13Best One's Own Best Friend195
Ch. 14Light Out of Darkness209
App. AResources for Families217
App. BSelect Readings221
App. COur Best Friends225
Index239

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The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care (1996) I really wasn't that impressed with Bell and Troxel's book. I found their presentation of the 'best friend' approach gimmicky, (something of a clever subterfuge). When I read # 4 on page 181: '...the model does not call for staff to become actual friends, but rather to treat all residents as the would a 'best friend.' - the book sank in my estimation. If there's anything I've learned in 15 yrs. of therapy with the elderly it's that the patronizer is transparent before them. Being a 'best friend' should not be reduced to a method or technique but must come from the heart.