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The Best Friends Approach™
At the Alzheimer Society of Calgary's Club 36 program we provide care based on the Best Friends Approach™. This is a model of care for people with dementia emphasizing empathy and friendship and founded on a book written by two experts in the field of dementia research (Virginia Bell and David Troxel). Our staff members are thoroughly trained in the Best Friends Approach™ as it aligns with our guiding principle of person-centered care.
The staff members at Club 36 hold fast to the beliefs outlined in the Best Friends Approach™- that every person diagnosed with dementia has the right:
- To be treated as an individual, with dignity and respect
- To be informed of one’s diagnosis
- To have appropriate, ongoing assessments and medical care
- To live in an environment designed for an individual’s abilities and interests
- To be involved in work and play for as long as possible
- To be outdoors on a regular basis
- To have physical contact including hand holding and hugging, based on individual comfort and needs
- To be with people who know and understand one’s life story, including family, cultural and religious traditions
- To be cared for by individuals willing to participate in ongoing training in dementia care
If you have questions about the Best Friends Approach™ at Club 36, please contact us. You may borrow copies of the books at the Alzheimer Society of Calgary’s main office, the public library or find it for purchase at your local bookstore or online.