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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.
Describes the disease, how to make an assessment of the individual's abilities, how to provide quality care, etc.
|Ch. 1||The Experience of Alzheimer's Disease||9|
|Ch. 2||Alzheimer's Disease Basics||21|
|Ch. 3||Assessing Remaining Strengths and Abilities||27|
|Ch. 4||An Alzheimer's Disease Bill of Rights||37|
|Ch. 5||The Art of Friendship||43|
|Ch. 6||The Life Story||65|
|Ch. 7||The "Knack" of Alzheimer's Care||91|
|Ch. 8||The Best Friends Approach to Communication||115|
|Ch. 9||The Best Friends Approach to Activities||127|
|Ch. 10||The Best Friends Approach at Home||143|
|Ch. 11||The Best Friends Approach in Adult Day Services||161|
|Ch. 12||The Best Friends Approach in Long-Term Care Facilities||179|
|Ch. 13||Best One's Own Best Friend||195|
|Ch. 14||Light Out of Darkness||209|
|App. A||Resources for Families||217|
|App. B||Select Readings||221|
|App. C||Our Best Friends||225|
Posted March 21, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.