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Aug 4th Best Friends Approach: Introduction


See why so many providers are choosing Best Friends for their memory care! In this 4-hour introductory program, learn the fundamentals of the widely acclaimed, person-centered Best Friends™ care model. Suitable for anyone who interacts with people with dementia, here is an excellent way to introduce yourself or your staff to a life-affirming—and life-changing—approach to care.

WHAT Best Friends™ Approach: Introduction
WHO SHOULD ATTEND Suitable for anyone who interacts with people with dementia
WHERE From your personal computer, via Zoom
WHEN August 4, 2021
COST $350 per person
Group Rate: $297.50 per person for 3 or more people from the same company. Contact us for details.
CEUs 4.5 CEUs available from the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals
1-888-337-8808 ext 180



Session 1
11:00am–12:30pm EST The Building Blocks of Best Friends
 (8:00am–9:30am PST) The Experience of Dementia
Elements of Friendship in Dementia Care
Session 2
  1:30pm–3:00pm EST Maximizing the Life Story
(10:30am–12:00pm PST) Communicating Skillfully
Session 3
  4:00pm–5:30pm EST Understanding Behaviors That Challenge Us
 (1:00pm–2:30pm PST) Meaningful Engagement
Implementing a Best Friends Environment

What a person with dementia needs more than anything is a friend!

Learn how you can make people with dementia feel safe, secure, and valued by following the acclaimed Best Friends™ approach to care. This relationship-centered care model is easy to understand and brings out the best in people with dementia – and also in staff. Not only will your residents or clients benefit, but you will see how activities, mealtimes, and personal care go more smoothly and your days are more enjoyable.

This virtual training program introduces the core elements of the life-affirming Best Friends™ approach in 4½ hours of interactive learning spread across one day. The training is led by a Best Friends™ Expert Leader, who is either the model’s founder or a long-time practitioner and trainer of this life-affirming approach.

In three 1.5-hour training sessions, participants will learn how to

  • Embrace friendship to ease the dementia experience
  • Use each person’s life story
  • Communicate skillfully
  • Understand and minimize behaviors that challenge us
  • Provide meaningful engagement
  • Develop the Best Friends Knack of Caregiving

The Best Friends approach is valuable to anyone working with people who live with memory loss. This includes home care settings, adult day services, assisted living, skilled nursing, acute care, and hospice. It is effective for nursing staff, activity professionals, social workers, care managers, administrators, and frontline caregivers.

Give yourself or your team the indispensable skills of a Best Friends caregiver in this lively, Zoom-based training program.