Relationships are supremely important in memory care, and The Best Friends™ Approach is rooted in that understanding. Since their first publication in 1997, Virginia Bell and David Troxel have outlined a model for care that champions a compassionate, person-centered philosophy, gaining widespread respect from medical professionals around the globe.
At The Arbors at Lakewood in Springfield, MO, we know that memory care residents require and respond brightly to the essential elements of friendship: respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor. These are the building blocks of an evidence-based care model that our staff truly embraces, proving both effective and replicable. Best Friends™ is a relationship-based model that emphasizes the role of care partner, not just caregiver — an important philosophy that The Arbors staff embody each and every day.
Americare invests in Master Trainer certification for each of its regional nurse consultants to ensure consistent and comprehensive training for Arbors care partners, nursing professionals and administrators.
Americare is one of few organizations nationwide to uphold this level of commitment to the Best Friends™ training and care delivery model and it shows. 100% of The Arbors at Lakewood families would recommend us to others.
Our regional nurse consultant in Springfield, Missouri already knows the residents and staff at The Arbors at Lakewood. That intimate knowledge and familiarity makes the instruction more relevant, and ultimately ensures that the training will be used effectively.
At The Arbors at Lakewood we spend time carefully learning each friend's Life Story. This important process allows us to communicate more effectively, honoring their memories, achievements, and traditions — all allowing us to better connect in the moment. Each Life Story serves as the foundation for a personalized care plan, a living, breathing document that evolves as our friends change.
The art of doing difficult things with ease. Best Friends™ training helps our care partners draw on their own KNACK to care for their friends. It includes being well-informed of the disease process, being empathetic, setting realistic expectations, using constructive humor, being non-judgmental, developing flexibility, and using each friend's Life Story as a basis for cueing.
Take 30 seconds to become less task-oriented and more person-centered. Our care partners at The Arbors at Lakewood are trained to make a personal connection before beginning personal care.
Our care partners at The Arbors at Lakewood are trained and encouraged to stay in the moment. Care routines and activity calendars are replaced with spontaneous moments of engagement with individual friends or small groups. An unexpected snowfall may lead to making a snowman together and reminiscing about favorite winter holiday traditions. Knowing a special song to play between a friend and their spouse can create a moment of dancing and remembering. This type of engagement by care partners has shown to be important in uplifting the lives of our friends on a daily basis.