Best Life Memory Care Approach
Best Life Memory Care Approach
An Approach that Focuses on Accomplishments Rather than Losses
Best Life is a unique and holistic dementia care approach that helps people and organizations support those living with dementia to live rich and rewarding lives.
As a standalone educational and training option for progressive-minded memory care, assisted living, and nursing home providers, Best Life is designed for all team members.
Best Life focuses on the accomplishments of people living with dementia (as opposed to their losses) thus enabling them to thrive beyond their diagnoses. Education begins with an examination of society’s own fears and misperceptions about dementia, which can unintentionally devalue people and prevent them from living full Lives.
What sets Best Life apart from other dementia care approaches is Its strong foundation in GHP’s core values of meaningful life, empowered staff, and real home, as well as its four principles, as follows:
- Power of Normal: Best Life strives to create a culture of normalcy to allow for individuals to live in the least restrictive environment possible and experience culturally typical activities.
- Focus on Retained Abilities: Best Life focuses on the value of providing PLWD the ability to experience real relationships with pets, nature, and people of all ages.
- Dignity of Risk: Best Life illuminates the reality that there is dignity in enabling PLWD the right to take risks.
- Advocacy: Best Life advocates for PLWD to have expanded experiences and choices, as well as the right for rehabilitation.
In 2018, GHP joined forces with Embodied Labs, an innovative virtual reality technology company, to utilize its unique approach in the Best Life curriculum.
In 2019, GHP partnered with Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a collaborative model of medical education and care management, in 2019 to launch Best Life Impact, an ECHO hub site to demonopolizing knowledge about dementia care.
I learned so much during Best Life education! We laughed, cried, and enjoyed the experience as a team. I feel so empowered to be able to use new skills to help our elders as well as myself. It's so important to continuosly ADVOCATE and remove the stigma surrounding elders living with dementia, because the sky is the limit when we love, and appreciate our elders. - Lola, shahbaz, Eddy Village Green
Many think it is the disease that causes us to withdraw, and to some extent I believe this is true. But, for many of us, we withdraw because we are not provided with meaningful opportunities that allow us to continue to experience joy, purpose and engagement in life.
A philosophy of culture change in which elders are seen as unique individuals, in the driver’s seat of their lives, each with a unique history, preferences and ability to exercise choice.
Being relationship-rich means that person comes before task and sets a tone for how elders will be cared for as well as how staff will treat one another.