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The Best Friends[trademark] approach to Alzheimer's care has taken the field by storm and is changing the lives of people around the world. It improves the quality of life not only for clients with Alzheimer's disease but also for the staff providing care. As staff morale and retention approach crisis lows, there is no better time to adopt or expand a Best Friends program, and provide the respect, reassurance, and fulfillment that residents and staff deserve. Hear stories and ideas from real staff in facilities worldwide who are already implementing the Best Friends approach with their residents. Get the inspiration and working tools to transform your culture of care: hundreds of case studies illustrating successful programs; creative ideas you can use to implement change; a training toolkit in each chapter that features learning exercises, activities, games, and resources; proven advice on staff training and retention; the authors' familiar, friendly style; Help your staff make every day consistently reassuring, enjoyable, and secure for people with Alzheimer's disease, and more rewarding for themselves.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781878812636
ISBN-10: 1878812637
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 184mm x 25mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Health Professions Press,U.S.
Publisher: Health Professions Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Virginia Bell

Virginia Bell, M.S.W. is Program Consultant for the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. She is the founder of that association's award-winning Helping Hand Adult Day Center. With David Troxel, she has co-authored numerous articles on dementia care and three books. She has lectured about the Best Friends approach in more than 20 countries. David Troxel, M.P.H., most recently served as President and CEO of the California Central Coast Alzheimer's Association, Santa Barbara, California. Today he is a consultant and speaker for dementia and long-term care programs. He has worked in the field of dementia care since 1986 and currently serves on the Ethics Advisory Panel of the national Alzheimer's Association. With Virginia Bell, he has co-authored numerous articles on dementia care and three books. Tonya M. Cox, M.S.W., is Vice President of Education and Programs for the Alzheimer's Association serving greater Kentucky and southern Indiana. She began working in dementia care in 1995 in the Helping Hand Adult Day Program developing and leading activities for persons with memory loss. She also teaches and presents on activity programming and caring for persons with dementia. Robin Hamon, M.S.W., is Family Support Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of Kentucky Sanders Brown Center on Aging. She worked with the Alzheimer's Association Lexington/Bluegrass Chapter for 11 years. During her tenure as program manager for the Helping Hand Day Center, she developed a creative art training program for staff and volunteers working with persons with dementia. Her special interests are in training and providing creative arts experiences for persons with dementia.

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