The Validation Breakthrough, Third Edition: Simple Techniques for Communicating with People with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

The Validation Breakthrough, Third Edition: Simple Techniques for Communicating with People with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

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Join the 10,000+ agencies in over 16 countries that are successfully implementing the Validation method in their organizations and start changing how you care for individuals with dementia today! Since its introduction in 1989, Validation has been an effective method of communication that can alleviate distressing behaviors caused by Alzheimer’s-type dementia. The Validation Breakthrough— a 2003 Bronze Award Winner of the National Mature Media Awards—has helped thousands of professional and family caregivers improve their relationships with residents and loved ones with dementia. In the third edition, you’ll learn about the Validation method and how to implement it in your own care setting through new vignettes told by trainers from Authorized Validation Organizations around the world.
“Naomi Feil and Vicki de Klerk-Rubin present an artful, sensitive, and caring intervention approach to working with confused and disoriented older adults. The case studies and examples are rich with insight and provide clear examples of techniques that may be used. The approach is empowering to older adults and to their caregivers.”
Harvey L. Sterns, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology, The University of Akron
“As an organization we have a goal to spread the message about Validation Therapy and provide training so that people with the disease can receive the care that they deserve.”
Wayne Olson, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Operations, Volunteers of America
“Validation can and does help individuals with agitation and aggressive behavior. This book gives you the approach, the tools, and the opportunity for healing. I highly recommend it to my medical colleagues and all those caring for individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias.”
Craig P. Solberg, M.D., HealthEast Medical Care for Seniors, St. Paul, Minnesota

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938870187
Publisher: Health Professions Press
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 740,624
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

About the Author

Naomi Feil, M.S., A.C.S.W., is the developer of Validation. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York, Feil began working with the elderly. Between 1963 and 1980 Mrs. Feil developed Validation as a response to her dissatisfaction with traditional methods of working with the severely disoriented older people who were her clients. Feil and her husband have made many films and videos about aging and Validation. Feil is the Executive Director of the Validation Training Institute and a popular speaker in North America and Europe. Since 1989 she has toured Europe 3 times a year offering workshops in Validation to participants in Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, France, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, and Austria. Her books have been translated into French, Dutch, German, Italian, Finnish, Danish, Swedish, Spanish and Japanese. Vicki de Klerk-Rubin works full-time as a Validation Master-Teacher and lecturer as well as Naomi Feil's manager in Europe. As European Manager, she was a founding member of the European Validation Association (1993) and assisted in the development of Authorized Validation Organizations in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland. She taught the first formal Validation course in 1994 and since then has been training internationally, delivering certification courses at all levels. Ms. de Klerk-Rubin received her BFA from Boston University (1978), an MBA from Fordham University (1983), and a Nursing degree from Hogeschool Holland, Amsterdam (1997). She has published numerous articles on Validation in Dutch and British magazines and co-authored the revisions of Naomi Feil's publications. Her book, Validation Techniques for Dementia Care: The Family Guide to Improving Communication (English edition 2008) has been published in German (2006), Japanese (2009) and Swedish (2010).

Table of Contents

About the Authorxiii
Authorized Validation Organizationsxix
Introduction: Florence Trew 1872-1963: "I died"xxiii
Part IAlzheimer's-Type Dementia and the Use of Validation1
Chapter 1Aging, Development, and Alzheimer's Disease3
How I Learned: The Case of Isadore Rose: "You Castrated Me with Words"3
A Theory of Life Development and the Need for Validation8
Who Are the Old-Old and What Is Dementia?16
The Old-Old, Dementia, and Human Needs23
Chapter 2The Concept and Techniques of Validation27
What Is Validation?27
The Principles of Validation28
The Four Stages of Resolution31
The Techniques of Validation36
Chapter 3Using Validation with People Who Are Maloriented49
The Case of Frances, the Accuser49
The Case of George, the Loner52
The Case of Jenny, the Gardener55
The Case of June, the Blamer59
How to Read the Vital Signs of the Maloriented60
"Helping" Techniques that Make the Maloriented Worse66
Validation Techniques for Communicating with the Maloriented66
Chapter 4Using Validation with People Who Are Time Confused71
The Case of Martha, the Birther71
How to Read the Vital Signs of the Time Confused76
"Helping" Techniques that Make the Time Confused Worse80
Validation Techniques for Communicating with the Time Confused80
Chapter 5Using Validation with People Who Are Repetitive Movers87
The Case of Marvin, the Pounder87
How to Read the Vital Signs of the Repetitive Mover90
"Helping" Techniques that Make Repetitive Movers Worse93
Validation Techniques for Communicating with Repetitive Movers94
Chapter 6Using Validation with People Who Are in Vegetation99
The Case of Nora, the Nonmover99
How to Read the Vital Signs of People in Vegetation102
Validation Techniques for Communicating with People in Vegetation103
Chapter 7Using Validation with People with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease107
The Case of Richard, the Mumbler107
How to Read the Vital Signs of People with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease111
"Helping" Techniques that Make People with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Worse113
Validation Techniques for Communicating with People with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease113
Chapter 8Who Benefits from Validation?115
The Benefits of Validation for Disoriented Old-Old People115
The Benefits of Validation for Professional Caregivers118
The Benefits of Validation for Families121
Chapter 9How Validation Differs from Other Therapies Used with Old-Old People123
Life Review125
Reality Orientation125
Behavior Modification128
Diversion and Redirection132
Patronizing with the Therapeutic Lie133
You Can't Fool Millie134
A Reminiscing Group or a Validation Group? What Is the Difference?138
Get Her Outta' Here139
Part IIValidation in Practice145
Chapter 10Communicating with People Who Are Maloriented147
Ellen, the Hoarder: "When You Listen, I Speak Clear"147
Lucy, the Spitter: "Bitch! Get Out of My Room!"155
Sadie, the Martyr: "One Mother Has 10 Kids. Ten Kids Can't Care for One Mother!"161
Peg, the Worrier: "There's a Man Under My Bed!"170
Stewart, the Complainer: "You're Killing Me Here!"180
Chapter 11Communicating with People Who Are Time Confused189
David, the Toucher: "I Am Not Dr. Willard: He's on an Extended Holiday!"189
Margaret, the Mother: "I'm Living in My Own Home, These People Don't Belong Here!"199
Harry, the Hitter: "Come in, You Old Battle Ax!"207
Validating at Home: Karl, the Flasher212
Chapter 12Communicating with People Who Are Repetitive Movers217
Isobel, the Poet: "I Untangle the Noodles in the Mirrors of My Mind"217
Mary, the Pacer: "I Am Not a Sheep!"221
Chapter 13Communicating with Maloriented and Time Confused People Living in the Community227
The Apartment House Manager, the Policeman, the Emergency Medical Squad, and Thomas Konig227
The Mailman, the Grocery Clerk, the Hairdresser, and Millie Stonewall231
The Doctor, the Meals on Wheels Volunteer, and Samuel Goode238
Chapter 14Validating Family Members243
Ann and Her Mother, Trudy243
Tips For Family Members Who Want to Validate Disoriented Relatives247
Ann and Trudy--with Validation248
Part IIIGroup Validation251
Chapter 15Setting Up Validation Groups253
The Value of a Validation Group253
Who Benefits from Group Validation?255
The Role of the Validation Group Worker257
The Role of the Validation Group Co-worker260
Establishing a Validation Group262
Conducting a Validation Group Meeting274
Example of a Validation Group280
Who Can Practice Validation?285
Chapter 16Frequently Asked Questions287
AppendixExperiences of Professionals in the United States and Abroad293
Implementing Validation at Country Meadows Retirement Communities293
Using Validation as a Consultant in a Richmond, Virginia, Continuing Care Retirement Community297
Using Validation in a 60-Bed Skilled Medicare Facility in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area: An Administrator's Perspective301
Using Validation at a 422-Bed Veterans' Home in Minneapolis, Minnesota305
Using Validation at a Newly Purchased Facility in Maine309
Using Validation at an Urban Nursing Home in Brooklyn, New York315
Using Validation in a 28-Bed Dementia Unit in Rural Wisconsin319
Using Validation at a Rural Nursing Home in Missouri323
Using Validation at Eldercare in South Australia327
Using Validation at the South Port Community Nursing Home in Australia331
Using Validation at a University Hospital in France335

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