Dr. Power's eye-opening book challenges all care providers working with individuals with dementia to undertake a true operational change. Yes, you can move away from an institutional model — viewing individuals as patients defined by their dementia and using prescribed medications to control their "troublesome" behaviors — to an experiential model of care that treats individuals with dementia as the human beings they are, giving them the personal attention, respect, and dignity they deserve. Take advantage of the many benefits to this fundamental change in the provision of care, including a decrease in the need for mood-altering drugs. You will learn how to embrace more humanistic, enlightened practices that address the most common challenges in caring for people who live with dementia.

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The Guiding Principles of Best Friends encourage you to honor the person with dementia's Life Story and always treat him as you would a best friend, with respect, trust, and humor. Throughout the year, this planner will include reminders and tips for following the core tenets of this approach. Think about these Guiding Principles as you go about your day and try to incorporate them into your everyday interactions with your Best Friend.

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The End-of-Life Namaste Care™ program for people with Dementia describes an enlightened program that has been successfully implemented in nursing homes, assisted living communities and hospice organizations. Namaste Care™ strives to maintain the highest quality of life possible for individuals with advanced dementia.

"The Namaste Care program revolutionizes how to lovingly provide care for those facing advanced dementia."
-RussellHilliard, Vice President, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care.

 

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