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The Validation Method is an empathetic way of communicating with older adults who are experiencing memory loss. Rather than redirecting your loved one or using white lies, caregivers should use Validation to step into the shoes of their loved one and truly feel the needs they are attempting to express.
This method of communication, developed by renowned social worker Naomi Feil, is based on three core components:
“Validation is so valuable because it gives the person the opportunity to really express their feelings and concerns, and that gives them relief,” says Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory Care & Program Services at Sunrise Senior Living. “It’s just like with all of us—when we voice something that’s concerning us, we feel better.”
There are both verbal and nonverbal techniques you can use to effectively employ the Validation Method with your loved one.
15 Verbal and Nonverbal Validation Techniques
Validation Method and Sunrise Memory Care Communities
When you visit a Sunrise Senior Living memory care community, you’ll likely see these techniques being utilized. Each of our dedicated team members is trained in the Validation Method and how it can be used to improve communication with older adults who are confused. You can learn more about the Validation Method by watching this video featuring a Reminiscence coordinator at a Sunrise community.