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January 06, 2009


donna swainson

I am most interested in the best friends approach an would apppreciate any littrature research or project information as i would like to use this meathod to help people to communicate better who have dementia.thankyou


Hi Donna: Here is a starting point for you:

Alzheimer's Care Today:
October/December 2010 - Volume 11 - Issue 4 - p 236–244
doi: 10.1097/ACQ.0b013e3181fb8bb9
Feature Topic: Dementia Care Environments: Research

Evaluation of the Best Friends Approach in Adult Day Care
Danner, Deborah D. PhD; McGuire, Caitlin E. BA

Abstract: The Best Friends approach has been used in a Kentucky adult day center for more than 25 years. This study is a pre-post training evaluation of the Best Friends approach as used at center A when compared with a social model adult day program at center B that does not use the Best Friends approach. At each center, the participant's quality of life was measured from 3 perspectives: center staff, family member/friend, and direct observation of participant behavior. Family satisfaction with care and staff satisfaction with work were also assessed. Findings suggest that differences in ratings for the 2 programs depended on the perspective of the rater and the specific participants served. Both of these centers appeared to sustain the quality of life for their participants

Thanks for writing and good luck!


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