Our program is unique in that we use the Validation Method to enhance communication with our clients and enrich their lives. Krissy is a certified Validation Teacher. Read on to learn more about this new, exciting approach to memory care!
What is Validation?
During the past 30 years there has been significant advancement in our understanding of memory impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most successful therapeutic communication programs to emerge is called the Validation Method, which was developed in the 1980s by an American social worker named Naomi Feil. Validation has enjoyed great success in Europe, and has grown significantly here in the U.S. during the past 10 years.
A Different Approach
Validation has proven to be a powerful way of communicating that relies on an empathetic attitude and a holistic approach to provide meaningful engagement with older adults with memory impairment. The Validation Method uses techniques that allow for trust to be built and relationships to be formed by permitting feelings to be expressed. The positive effects of utilizing Validation techniques builds a connection based on trust, understanding and respect. The successful implementation of this approach decreases stress felt by the memory-impaired by allowing underlying basic needs to be communicated, as well as enhancing a state of well being with the ultimate goal of maintaining or restoring individual dignity.
Successful Among Professionals and Caregivers
Validation is a powerful method that has been proven to be successful amongst healthcare and medical professionals and family caregivers. Every memory-impaired person has a unique story to be told that leads them back to a loving place of feeling accepted unconditionally without judgement or fear. And it’s through Validation that we can share what that loving place looks and feels like, which allow us to step into another person’s world with no social boundaries but with full acceptance that we are connected as unique individuals openly embracing one another based on compassion, respect and dignity.