Best Friends

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Best Friends for the Best Care

About the Best Friends™ Approach

Best Friends™ is a method of care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This comprehensive approach is grounded in the understanding that relationships are supremely important in dementia care and require the essential elements of friendship: respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor.

The Best Friendsapproach to dementia care is completely person-centered and flexible enough to adapt to each person’s remaining strengths and abilities. The Best Friends products and trainings will allow you and your organization to adopt this successful and person-centered model of care.


Training in the Best Friends™ Approach

Become a certified Master Trainer in the Best Friends approach in 3 easy steps!

   1) Read the Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care as an introduction and begin incorporating the philosophy into your daily life

   2) Take the Best Friends Master Trainer qualifying pre-test and review the  Best Friends Institute page to learn more about becoming a Best Friends Master Trainer

   3) Submit the pre-test and application to apply for the Best Friends Approach Master Trainer Institute.

Guidelines for Best Friends™ Master Trainer Certification can be found here.

Need more information? Hover on the Training headings tab at the top of the page and select your choice – Introductory seminars, Train-the-Trainer or the  Best Friends Master Trainer Institute flor further information or contact

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Blog Posts showcase the Best Friends™ Approach

Moments Add Up and Make a Difference – The latest addition to the HPP blog demonstrates the Best Friends approach and shows how being a Best Friend can be a powerful tool for supporting quality of life. Visit the Health Professions Press Blog to read our latest post.

Free downloads facilitate use of the Best Friends™ Approach

Bring some Best Friends moments to your community.  Take advantage of free downloadable Best Friends (TM) Resources and Slideshares: The Best Friends™ Dementia Care Approach and the Best Friends™ Elements of Friendship courtesy of Health Professions Press.