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Validation Therapy

Validation Therapy, by Naomi Feil, identifies several techniques to assist in communicating with those who have dementia. Not all techniques work, but some do. Use the preferred name. Never use pet names (honey, sweetie). Begin by calling the confused person by his or her title and last name, unless he or she

Validation: Building Trust with the Disoriented

In order to have a meaningful conversation with a confused person, it is essential to build trust into the relationship. Even though it is important not to directly correct the delusion, it is also important not to patronize, ridicule, lie or play along with a mistaken reality. On one level a confused person may realize

The Baptist Home and the Cooperative Program

Over the last several months, several people are asking me if The Baptist Home receives Cooperative Program funds.  The look on their faces is one of surprise when I answer them with a ‘No’.  We have not received Cooperative Program funds since the fall of 2001. The Cooperative Program began in 1925 to support missions

Things My Kids Need to Know

Things My Kids Need To Know A review of the essential information every parent needs to communicate to his/her adult children so the children can fulfill the biblical mandate to “Honor you father and mother.” Each participant will receive an “Important Information Workbook.” (TBH also offers a similar program for the adult children entitled “The

Do You Need Good Estate Planning Information?

Do you have estate planning decision to make and need up-to-date information?  We have a place for you to find what you need.  It is the new estate planning and planned giving website for The Baptist Home and The Baptist Home Foundation.  You will be amazed at the amount of content that is available on

Prepare Before Communicating with the Confused

Communicating with someone who is confused can be frustrating.  And yet, somehow caregivers need to listen and speak in a way that builds trust and lowers anxiety.  Anxiety only heightens uncooperative, difficult behavior and impedes communication.  The goal is to provide as much quality of life as possible for the confused person by lowering the

The Four Stages of Resolution

Naomi Feil in her book The Validation Breakthrough identified four stages of resolution. People who suffer from cognitive impairment may progress through these four stages: 1) Malorientation, 2) Time Confusion, 3) Repetitive Motion, and 4) Vegetation. Feil believes people will “enter a period in their lives in which they feel the need to resolve unfinished

The Why of The Baptist Home

Many people understand ‘what’ we do; some may understand ‘how’ we do it. However, the ‘why’ makes all the difference. Today, many companies focus on the bottom line of making money. For The Baptist Home, money should not be an end to itself. On the other hand, money is a tool to help us accomplish

IRA’s and Taxes: Tax Considerations of Assets with Deferred Income Tax

IRAs, 401(k)s, and 403(b)s are all excellent tools for preparing an enjoyable, financially worry-free retirement. However, without taking into consideration the effect of income taxes on your retirement plans, achieving the lifestyle you desire can be filled with unwelcome surprises. Individual Retirement Accounts – IRAs A tax deferred IRA is a valuable retirement planning tool.

Communication with the Confused

Alzheimer’s disease is a catch all term today much like the older term “dementia.”  Some prefer to call it the “old-timer’s disease.” However, Alzheimer’s is a very specific disorder that cannot be accurately diagnosed until an autopsy is performed.  It is characterized by the presence of excessive neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in brain tissue.