The Validation of Mrs. Trew

This post was adapted from The Validation Breakthrough: Simple Techniques for Communicating with People with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias, Third Edition by Naomi Feil and Vicki de Klerk-Rubin, © 2012 by Health Professions Press. Validation is a method of communication with people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, developed by Naomi Feil in 1967. It has been adopted worldwide, and used to reduce stress, enhance dignity, and increase happiness. Caregivers who use the Validation techniques focus on the expressed feelings of older adults, rather than focusing on disorientation and … [Read more...]

The 12 Essential Components of an Orientation Program

      This post was adapted from Enhancing Staff Retention in Person-Centered Care Environments for Older Adults: How to Create and Implement a Comprehensive Orientation Program by Janine Lange, © 2015 by Health Professions Press. High employee turnover is one of the greatest challenges facing long-term care communities today. Without consistent staffing, care communities and their residents suffer the serious consequences of inadequate care, unnecessary expenses, and inefficient operations. Using these 12 components as the core of your orientation will form the … [Read more...]

Resource on Staff Retention in Long-Term Care Environments, from Health Professions Press, Wins American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award

For Immediate Release Contact: Kaitlin Konecke, Marketing Manager Phone: 410-337-9585 x181 Email: Baltimore, MD (February, 2017) — Health Professions Press’s new resource, Enhancing Staff Retention in Person-Centered Care Environments for Older Adults: How to Create and Implement a Comprehensive Orientation Program, by Janine M. Lange, has been named a winner of the 2016 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards. The AJN Book of the Year program, presented by Wolters Kluwer, recognizes the very best in nursing publications. This exceptional … [Read more...]

Why Increased Productivity Will Help Your Healthcare System in Organizational Changes

According to leadership interviews with the Harvard Business Review, healthcare executives are concerned about the future of their industry. As the United States transitions to a new Presidential administration and Congress, questions about where healthcare systems go from here are brought to the forefront. The consensus of the interviewed executives (associated with Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Virginia Commonwealth, and the University of Utah): the challenges will be both financially and managerial difficult. To succeed in transforming the healthcare system, it will be necessary … [Read more...]

Doody’s Review Service: 3 out of 4 Stars to The Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition

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Doody's Review is the most highly regarded review service for professional healthcare resources for practitioners, clinicians, and libraries. Health Professions Press is honored to receive 3 stars for The Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition by Virginia Bell and David Troxel.   Doody’s Review Service provides extensive tools to allow its subscribers to research titles and keep up-to-date with the latest books and software in the health sciences. To learn more, visit  … [Read more...]

What Is It Like to Have Alzheimer’s Disease?

What is it like to drive your car from Houston to Anchorage? The answer depends on many things: the type of care you will drive, the age of the car, how well you maintained it, where you are in your trip, if others are helping you with the drive, if you have accepted the fact you must drive to Anchorage, whether or not you are afraid of arriving in Anchorage. What is it like to have Alzheimer's? This, too, depends on many things: Do you have an existing group of individuals who are committed to your well-being? Are you a proactive or a reactive person when it comes to dealing with … [Read more...]

Q&A with Stephen Golant, Ph.D.

Q&A with Stephen Golant Author of Aging in the Right Place Stephen Golant, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Florida (Gainesville). His research focuses on the housing, community, mobility, transportation, and long-term care needs of older adults populations and he writes and lectures extensively on this topic. Known as a expert in aging and housing, he is frequently called on by corporations, universities, state government agencies, and national organizations as a lecturer and adviser. HPP sat down with Dr. Golant to discuss aging in place, and whether it's the right … [Read more...]

Moments Add Up and Make a Difference

This blog post has been excerpted and adapted from The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition, by Virginia Bell and David Troxel, © 2017 by Health Professions Press. Moments Add Up and Make a Difference We'd like for you to consider the following two scenarios. As you read them, we think you'll begin to see how persons with dementia have many of the same needs that we do and how being a Best Friend can be a powerful tool for supporting quality of life. Scenario 1 Imagine meeting an old friend for lunch and finding your normally upbeat, positive friend in tears. As a friend, … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Decrease Bullying

  This post has been adapted from Chapter 4 of Bullying Among Older Adults: How to Recognize and Address an Unseen Epidemic, by Robin Bonifas, © 2016 by Health Professions Press. People who rarely interact with older adults can often perceive that the population is composed primarily of sweet little grandmas and grandpas who get along well with one another. So it is surprising to learn that bullying behaviors actually occur among older adults—especially in senior programs and senior living facilities. Interventions to address bullying among older adults must consider what … [Read more...]

Successful approach to dementia care presents a new guide to putting the person first

For Immediate Release Contact: Kaitlin Konecke, Marketing Manager Email: Phone: 410-337-9585 x181 Baltimore, MD (September, 2016) — Health Professions Press has published their latest book, The Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition. Now available in print format (and for pre-order as an e-book), this completely revised and expanded follow-up to the best-selling book teaches an approach to dementia care that has been adopted world-wide, and is built on the essential elements of friendship. Developed by dementia experts Virginia Bell and … [Read more...]