Physicians, caregiving experts and regulatory agencies all agree: the personalized approach to caring for individuals with dementia always works best. But it is also true that caring for this special population requires lifelong learning and a willingness to practice and share techniques, tips and stories with others who work in this challenging field.
In this seminar, participants will have the opportunity to do just that as they learn, review and practice the "Best Friends" approach to dementia care, based on the book by Virginia Bell and David Troxel. This program is a great refresher for veterans who work in memory/dementia care as well as newcomers to the field. The interactive program is ideal for your direct care workers, who will have the opportunity to learn and share with their peers from other organizations. Communications and activity strategies and ideas will be shared.
Offers a comprehensive, person-centered, non-medical model of care that is easy to learn and understand.
- Explains the difference about "normal" and "not normal" aging.
- Transforms caregiving from a terrible burden to care that is manageable
- Describes the experience of having dementia
- Teaches caregivers how to assess an individual's strengths and weaknesses
- Discusses the importance of the person's life story
- Introduces the "knack" of caregiving and a number of "do's and don'ts."
This workshop is beneficial for family members, home care providers, facility caregivers, state workers, respite workers, social workers, and anyone who has experienced the effects of Alzheimer's disease in their lives.