The Validation Method is both a technique and a philosophy. It’s based on the belief that rather than trying to bring the person with memory loss back into our reality, it is more beneficial to enter his/her reality.
The Validation Method teaches caregivers how to listen with empathy and how to ask questions that help persons with memory loss fully express their concerns and frustrations. These conversations reduce anxiety and often lead to a resolution of worries and a willingness to enjoy interaction with others again. Using Validation, Connections staff members can develop a rich relationship with a resident by listening actively and exploring the topics that are of concern to that senior. In 2001, Country Meadows became the first Authorized Validation Organization in the United States. Each member of our Connections staff is required to become certified as a Validation Associate.
Click here for more information on understanding validation to understand your loved one with memory loss. Then check out our tip sheets on Re-connecting with a Loved One with Dementia using this Method, Successful Visits and our 16-page guidebook, Understanding the Effects of Dementia on Your Loved One and Family.
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