Written especially for family members and friends caring for people with dementia, this practical guidebook offers a solution to commonly faced communication and relationship difficulties. Developed by social worker Naomi Feil and widely practiced around the world, the Validation approach provides caring and empathetic techniques to support meaningful communication and interaction with people with memory impairments.
This hands-on resource gives family caregivers all the information and guidance they need to successfully implement proven Validation techniques and enjoy results benefits such as
- reduced challenging behavior
- improved communication
- lower levels of stress and anxiety in both caregivers and older adults
- more satisfying relationships
In addition to background information about dementia and the principles behind Validation, the book includes detailed, illustrated explanations of specific verbal and nonverbal communication techniques. Realistic case studies demonstrate the approach in action in many different relationships, including husband/wife, parent/child, and grandparent/grandchild.
Caregivers who adopt Validation will learn how to break through the silence and pain of withdrawal and interact with their loved on with greater respect and compassion. Start re-establishing connections and improving relationships today with Validation Techniques for Dementia Care.
Part I: Understand What Happens to the Disoriented Very Old
- Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Disorientation: What’s in a Name?
- When It Happens in Your Family
- The Principles of Validation: Tools for Thinking
- What Do the Behaviors of Disoriented Very Old Mean?
- Resolution: The Tasks of Life’s Final Phase
Part II: How to Communicate with Your Disoriented Relative
- Find the Appropriate Distance
- Find Empathy
- Use Appropriate Verbal and Nonverbal Techniques
- You, Too, Are a Person: Respect Your Own Limits, and Ask for Help
Part III: How Validation Works in Real-Life Family Situations
- Preparing Yourself Mentally
- Doris and Her Mother: Dealing with Repetition
- John Allen and His Wife, Joan: When the Past Becomes the Present
- Nancy and Her Mother: Entering Your Mother’s World
- Mrs. Prachel and Her Mother: Respecting the Adult
- Jill and Her Grandmother: Helping Young People Relate
- Max and His “Waiting for Johnnie” Mother: Accepting Her the Way She Is
- Emily and Her Husband, Samuel: Not Being Recognized
- Helen and Her Sister, Meryl: Wanting to Go Home Now!
- Sara and Her Mom: Lying and Play-Acting
- Louise and Tom: Losing Your Husband
- Family Member Support Group
- Programs Offered by the Validation Center at the Landesverein fur Innere Mission in der Pfalz E.V.
- Family Caregiver Course in Validation
In-Home Counseling: Austrian Model
- Summary of Validation for Family Caregivers (to be copied as a handy reference)
- Validation and Alzheimer’s Disease Information Resources
- Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Resources