Validating emotions

04-Jul-2017 18:43

The reason for this is that people living with dementia have a reality that is true to them.

In my opinion, if this is all the caregiver learns, they’ve absorbed the core meaning of validation and will probably become a good caregiver.

The Validation Method is certainly something that I will point to when people ask me, as a columnist, about how to handle this situation.

However, not everyone with dementia has Alzheimer’s, and not every situation will be handled smoothly with the Validation Method, especially if the person isn’t trained in the approach.

The woman’s granddaughter had furiously told her no one was there.

That response upset the woman, which is understandable.

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Families often feel helpless and I do my best to reassure them that what is happening with the patient is part of the process of dying.It has three elements: a basic, empathetic attitude; a theory which gives principles for viewing the aging process; and both short-term and long-term goals for validation work, and verbal and non-verbal techniques that help us communicate.” We then delved into the thick of the common misunderstandings that occur when the word validation is used loosely.

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