The Validation Method is both a technique and a philosophy for dementia care. 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 for dementia care, 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.
The Validation Method was created from the person-centered care practiced by Naomi Fell. This form of dementia care nurtures the dignity and well-being of the individual with memory loss. Fell founded the Validation Training Institute in 1982 to train eldercare practitioners in the method. 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 as part of our commitment to provide empathetic and personalized dementia care for our residents.
We encourage you to learn more about how the Validation Method can help you build a rich relationship with your loved one with memory loss. Click here for more information on using the Validation Method of dementia care. 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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