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A Best Friend's Caregiver Has Knack

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By David Toxel and Virginia Bell • www.ProHealth.com • October 31, 2000



An Alzheimer’s Caregiver:


Is well informed.
Has empathy
Respects the basic rights of the person
Maintains caregiver integrity
Employs finesse
Knows it is easier to get forgiveness than permission
Uses common sense
Communicates skillfully
Maintains optimism
Sets realistic expectations
Uses humor
Employs spontaneity
Practices patience
Develops flexibility
Stays focused
Remains nonjudgmental
Values the moment
Maintains self confidence
Uses cues tied to the life story
Takes care of themselves


Virginia Bell & David Troxel, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care, Health Professions Press, 1997.





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