Best Friends Planner

Best Friends™ Daily Planner

5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


ISBN 978-1-938870-30-9
128 pages
5.5 x 8.5 spiral
© 2014

The Best Friends™ Daily Planner shows you how simple it is to be a Best Friend to a person with dementia each and every day. This handy and practical book provides you with Best Friends guiding principles, activities, and reflection questions to support your caregiving each week.

  •  Guiding Principles: Learn how to follow the Best Friends™ approach with these reminders and tips
  • Activities: Implement over 150 quick, easy, and surprising activities
  • Reflections: Record what works and what doesn’t—both for you and your Best Friend

The Best Friends™ Daily Planner can be used as an individual resource or with any of the many books in the world-renowned Best Friends™ product suite. Developed by dementia care experts Virginia Bell and David Troxel, Best Friends™ is a sensitive and sensible approach to dementia care based on the essential elements of friendship: respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor.

With ample space to record your thoughts and the reactions of the persons with dementia that you care for, this invaluable tool will guide you through the year and provide a record of your caregiving experiences in the years to come. Filled with easy-to-implement activities and reminders of the core tenets of the Best Friends™ model of care, this handy and practical book is completely customizable to meet your needs. Divided by months that highlight each of the 12 Best Friends Dementia Rights and labeled with dates that aren’t day-of-the-week specific, the planner gives you the flexibility to start at any point of the year!


The Best Friends™ Daily Planner (Bell Daily Planner Excerpt) by Health Professions Press

Virginia Bell, M.S.W.

Virginia Bell, M.S.W., is Program Consultant for the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is the founder of that association’s award-winning Helping Hand Adult Day Center. With David Troxel, she has co-authored numerous articles on dementia care and three books. She has lectured about the Best Friends approach in more than 20 countries.

David Troxel, M.P.H.

David Troxel, M.P.H., most recently served as President and CEO of the California Central Coast Alzheimer’s Association, Santa Barbara, California. Today he is a consultant and speaker for dementia and long-term care programs. He has worked in the field of dementia care since 1986 and currently serves on the Ethics Advisory Panel of the national Alzheimer’s Association. With Virginia Bell, he has co-authored numerous articles on dementia care and three books.

2 reviews for Best Friends™ Daily Planner

  1. 5 out of 5


    “The challenge of implementing any care delivery model is to make the concepts come alive in day-to-day interactions between staff and residents. The Best Friends™ Daily Planner is an excellent tool to help your caregivers make the most of their Best Friends training. The Planner connects the guiding principles of the program with practical activities. Most importantly the planner encourages caregivers to reflect on the impact their interactions both on the residents and on themselves. We’re excited to put this resource in the hands of the people who need it most—our front-line staff.”

    —Jean Summers, SVP ALF division Americare

  2. 5 out of 5


    “The Best Friends™ Daily Planner is a wonderful tool! The practical tips given are great prompts to help a caregiver implement activities that appreciate their Best Friend’s Life Story and touch the heart of who they are. The best results of caring for an individual with dementia stems from staying in tune with the person’s likes, dislikes, spirituality, hobbies and more. This planner aids the caregiver in doing just that.”

    —Jamie Huff, QDCP, Community Outreach Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, TX

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