What is the Validation Method?
Validation is a way of caring for and communicating with older adults diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s-type dementia.
Developed by Naomi Feil, a social worker known throughout North America and Europe for her breakthrough approach to elderly care, Validation promotes empathy on the part of the caregiver, communication to reduce stress and increase happiness, and dignity during the final stages of life.
Feil learned through her work that many older adults with Alzheimer’s type dementia are are trying to resolve unfinished issues during their final stages of life. This wrestling manifests itself in ways that others cannot understand and the person cannot express. Caregivers who listen, acknowledge and validate painful feelings can help bring about diminished anxiety and closure so their patients or loved ones can die in peace.
This final struggle is important. We, as caregivers, can help as we serve and care for loved ones, patients and residents.