The Best Friends Daily Planner

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9781938870309: The Best Friends Daily Planner

The Best FriendsTM Daily Planner shows you how simple it is to be a Best Friend to a person with dementia each and every day. This handy and practical book provides you with Best Friends guiding principles, activities, and reflection questions to support your caregiving each week.

Guiding Principles: Learn how to follow the Best FriendsTM approach with these reminders and tips
Activities: Implement over 150 quick, easy, and surprising activities
Reflections: Record what works and what doesn't both for you and your Best Friend
The Best FriendsTM Daily Planner can be used as an individual resource or with any of the many books in the world-renowned Best FriendsTM product suite. Developed by dementia care experts Virginia Bell and David Troxel, Best FriendsTM is a sensitive and sensible approach to dementia care based on the essential elements of friendship: respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor.

With ample space to record your thoughts and the reactions of the persons with dementia that you care for, this invaluable tool will guide you through the year and provide a record of your caregiving experiences in the years to come. Filled with easy-to-implement activities and reminders of the core tenets of the Best FriendsTM model of care, this handy and practical book shows you how simple it is to be a Best Friend to a person with dementia each and every day.

And the best part is, The Best FriendsTM Daily Planner is completely customizable to meet your needs. Divided by months that highlight each of the 12 Best Friends Dementia Rights and labeled with dates that aren't day-of-the-week specific, the planner gives you the flexibility to start at any point of the year!

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About the Author:

Virginia Bell has lectured widely on Alzheimer's disease at national and international conferences, speaking at 12 National Education Conferences of the Alzheimer's Association and lecturing at 18 conferences of Alzheimer's Disease International. Sheâ s published journal articles and books, notably in Dementia Care: Patient, Family and Community (John Hopkins, 1989). Many of her articles have been reprinted numerous times: "The Alzheimer's Disease Bill of Rights" (1994), "The other Face of Alzheimer's Disease" (1999) and "Spirituality and the Person with Dementia" (2001), co-authored with David Troxel and published in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and in the Alzheimer's Care Quarterly. She has also co-authored five books with David Troxel. Virginia is currently the Program Consultant for the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

David Troxel is an internationally known expert in Alzheimerâ s and memory care. Heâ s best known for his work with residents and families, and is an informative and engaging speaker. David holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Rutgers Medical School. During the 25 years that heâ s worked in the field, heâ s also served as an Executive Board member of the American Public Health Association and the Ethics Advisory Panel for the US National Alzheimerâ s Association. David has co-authored four influential books (most notably, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimerâ s Care) on Alzheimerâ s relating to the disease care as well as staff development and training. Davidâ s â Best Friends Approachâ is built on a seemingly simple premise: that what people living with memory loss need most is a friend â a best friend. David teaches caregivers how to understand and fulfill this â Best Friendsâ role, including special caregiving techniques and tools. He lives in Sacramento as a writer, speaker and consultant.


The challenge of implementing any care delivery model is to make the concepts come alive in day-to-day interactions between staff and residents. The Best FriendsTM Daily Planner is an excellent tool to help your caregivers make the most of their Best Friends training. The Planner connects the guiding principles of the program with practical activities. Most importantly the planner encourages caregivers to reflect on the impact their interactions both on the residents and on themselves. We're excited to put this resource in the hands of the people who need it most our front-line staff. --Jean Summers, SVP ALF division Americare

The Best Friends™ Daily Planner is a wonderful tool! The practical tips given are great prompts to help a caregiver implement activities that appreciate their Best Friend's Life Story and touch the heart of who they are. The best results of caring for an individual with dementia stems from staying in tune with the person's likes, dislikes, spirituality, hobbies and more. This planner aides the caregiver in doing just that. --amie Huff, QDCP, Community Outreach Coordinator, Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County, TX

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Bell MSW, Virginia, Troxel MPH, David
Published by Health Professions Press (2013)
ISBN 10: 1938870301 ISBN 13: 9781938870309
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