Five Universal Truths
- We are all aging. It also means that one day we will not be the Caregiver. We will be the “patient.” We believe in treating others as we ourselves would wish to be treated.
- Everybody hurts. We believe in being sensitive to the hurts of others.
- Everybody wants to be heard. We believe in being willing to listen.
- Most are unable to express their feelings verbally or in other positive, constructive, healthy ways. We believe in being available to help others express feelings they may not be able to express for themselves.
- Since everybody hurts and since most are unable to express their feelings in positive, constructive, healthy ways, the greatest ministry The Baptist Home can provide for our residents is to help them to be able to express how they feel. At The Baptist Home, we do this through Validation Therapy, through worship services, through music and through prayer.
As part of this commitment to caring for the whole person, several years ago TBH began applying validation therapy techniques. With assistance from the developer of Validation Therapy, Naomi Feil, TBH became a ground breaking facility in providing therapy that meets the resident in the reality they live in as opposed to traditional methods that force our reality on the aging. Validation Therapy seeks to respect the resident’s time frame and autonomy. It uses what, where, when and how questions to explore the meaning of all behavior. It avoids using “why” to not offend or raise the defenses of the confused resident. With reminiscence, the resident becomes more oriented. This combined with the commitment to create an environment for the residents that is like home has made TBH truly unique. A uniqueness that is experienced when you walk through the doors.
The Baptist Home’s Experts on Aging have compiled a collection of resources and articles to provide an overview of Validation Therapy.
An example of Validation practiced by President Steven Jones while serving as Administrator of the TBH-Chillicothe campus.