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Pilgrim Place Health Services Center Continues to Refine Person-Centered Care

(Press release courtesy of Tim Sunderland)

Claremont, Calif. – Three staff members from Pilgrim Place are now certified as Master Trainers in the Best FriendsTM approach for caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Best Friends -- Andrea, Sue, Sharon

Sue Fairley, Sharon Berry and Andrea Smith recently completed a course of study with the Best Friends Institute in Baltimore, MD.

The Best Friends™ Approach is a person-centered, compassionate care philosophy grounded in the understanding that relationships are supremely important to dementia care and that they require the essential elements of friendship: respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor. With Best Friends™, the focus is on the individual — the person’s rights, history, and relationships with all care partners.

Read about the core components of the Best Friends™ philosophy and learn more about Pilgrim Place in the original press release.

 

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Elder Care Alliance Implements “I’m Still Here” Approach in All Its Communities

Application of Engagement-Centered Memory Care Philosophy a First in California

ALAMEDA, Calif.– A pioneering engagement-focused memory care philosophy for people living with dementia is transforming and enriching lives in several California senior living communities, as Elder Care Alliance (ECA) recently announced its partnership with the Hearthstone Institute to implement the I’m Still Here™ (ISH) approach in all its communities: San Francisco, Oakland, San Rafael, and Camarillo – the first (and only at this time) communities to have it available on the West Coast.

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, with many living with it for more than a decade. The shared stance of these organizations is that every person living with dementia still has a great capacity to learn and experience a high quality of life regardless of the severity of their memory loss.

To learn more, read the complete press release.