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.
Why is this therapy important?
The Baptist Home practices Validation Therapy, despite its requirement for additional staff time and education, to respect the resident regardless of his or her level of confusion. A confused resident can feel isolated or frustrated due to feelings of not connecting when trying to communicate. Validation Therapy allows staff to build trust and love to connect with residents in a time in their life when they struggle most to connect with others. The Baptist Home recognizes that this form of therapy is more demanding on staff which is why The Baptist Home works hard to ensure a high staff-to-resident ratio.
Sherri Snider with mother, Norma. I was spanked as a child. Probably not as often as I needed it, (and less than my brothers), but my mother regularly “put it to me.” I especially remember coming home from
AV Administrator Sherri Snider with her mother, Norma. My mother has dementia….like her mother before her, my beautiful Momma, with her winning smile, has dementia. When it first started and she could remember, she called it her “affliction.”
Naomi Feil developed effective methods for communicating with people who have “Alzheimer’s-Type Dementia.” She identified four stages. The third and fourth stages require certain approaches which can create meaningful interactions with confused persons.