Evaluation of the Best Friends Approach in Adult Day CareDanner, Deborah D. PhD; McGuire, Caitlin E. BAAlzheimer's Care Today: October/December 2010 - Volume 11 - Issue 4 - p 236–244 doi: 10.1097/ACQ.0b013e3181fb8bb9 Feature Topic: Dementia Care Environments: Research Buy Abstract Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics The Best Friends approach has been used in a Kentucky adult day center for more than 25 years. This study is a pre-post training evaluation of the Best Friends approach as used at center A when compared with a social model adult day program at center B that does not use the Best Friends approach. At each center, the participant's quality of life was measured from 3 perspectives: center staff, family member/friend, and direct observation of participant behavior. Family satisfaction with care and staff satisfaction with work were also assessed. Findings suggest that differences in ratings for the 2 programs depended on the perspective of the rater and the specific participants served. Both of these centers appeared to sustain the quality of life for their participants. Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky Alzheimer's Disease Center (Dr Danner and Ms McGuire), and College of Medicine/ Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky (Dr Danner), Lexington. Correspondence: Deborah D. Danner, PhD, University of Kentucky, Center on Aging, 800 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Funding was received from the Commonwealth of Kentucky through a grant from the Administration on Aging. © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.