Validation Techniques for Dementia Care: The Family Caregiver's Guide to Improving Communication

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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 ...
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Overview

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 resulting 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 one with greater respect and compassion. Start re-establishing connections and improving relationships today with Validation Techniques for Dementia Care.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932529371
  • Publisher: Health Professions Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 545,665
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents


About the Author     vii
Introduction     1
Understanding What Happens to the Disoriented Very Old     5
Alzheimer's, Dementia, Disorientation: What's in a Name?     5
When It Happens in Your Family     14
The Principles of Validation: Tools for Thinking     17
What Do the Behaviors of Disoriented Very Old Mean     25
Resolution: The Tasks of Life's Final Phase     30
Conclusion     37
How to Communicate with Your Disoriented Relative     39
Center     40
Observe     41
Find the Appropriate Distance     45
Find Empathy     46
Use Appropriate Verbal and Nonverbal Techniques     46
You, Too, Are a Person: Respect Your Own Limits, and Ask for Help     60
How Validation Works in Real-Life Family Situations     63
Preparing Yourself Mentally     64
Observation     64
Doris and Her Mother: Dealing with Repetition     65
John Allen and His Wife, Joan: When the Past Becomes the Present     68
Nancy and Her Mother: Entering Your Mother's World     71
Mrs. Prachel and Her Mother: Respecting the Adult     74
Jill and Her Grandmother: Helping Young People Relate     77
Max and His "Waiting for Johnnie" Mother: Accepting Her the Way She Is     81
Emily and Her Husband, Samuel: Not Being Recognized     84
Helen and Her Sister, Meryl: Wanting to Go Home Now!     88
Sara and Her Mom: Lying and Play-Acting     92
Louise and Tom: Losing Your Husband     96
Some Final Thoughts     100
Appendix 1     101
Family Member Support Group     101
Programs Offered by the Validation Center at the Landesverein fur Innere Mission in der Pfalz E.V.     105
Family Caregiver Course in Validation     107
In-Home Counseling: Austrian Model     108
Appendix 2     109
Summary of Validation for Family Caregivers     110
Appendix 3     113
Centering Exercises     113
Appendix 4     117
Validation and Alzheimer's Disease Information Resources     117
Alzheimer's Disease-Related Resources     121
References     123
Index     125
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