validation therapy

validation therapy

a nursing intervention from the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) defined as use of a method of therapeutic communication with elderly persons with dementia that focuses on emotional rather than factual content. See also Nursing Interventions Classification.

validation therapy

A communication technique used for patients with moderate to late dementia in which the caregiver makes statements to the patient that demonstrate respect for the patient's feelings and beliefs. This method helps prevent argumentative and agitated behavior. In some cases, the caregiver may need to agree with the patient's statements, even though they are not true or real. It is used when reality orientation is not successful.
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Validation therapy (1993) emerged during this period of confusion in terms of understanding the abilities of the person with Alzheimer's.
Each type of intervention--reminiscence therapy, validation therapy, reality orientation therapy, cognitive stimulation therapy, music therapy, Snoezelen therapy, therapeutic activity programs, and behavioral management techniques--was given an overall grade base on the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine criteria.
Psychological Therapies That Make, Or Miss, the Grade Psychoeducation and teaching caregivers how to change their A interactions with patients Standard behavioral management techniques B Cognitive stimulation therapy B Staff education in managing behavioral problems B Music/music therapy B Snoezelen therapy/multisensory stimulation B Other dementia-specific therapies C Family counseling C Other sensory stimulation C Environmental manipulation C Reminiscence therapy D Validation therapy D Reality orientation therapy D "Admiral" nurses D Simulated presence therapy D Therapeutic activity programs D Montessori activities D Exercise D Source: Dr.
How to effectively approach residents with dementia and use calming communication techniques (such as validation therapy, distraction, redirection, etc.
Validation therapy was pioneered by Naomi Feil, who developed an acute understanding of seniors while growing up in the nursing home her father managed.
But just as important, validation therapy has given caregivers higher morale and reduced burnout.
Validation therapy, like much of what we do, requires common sense to be done properly.
Naomi Feil is the acknowledged expert on validation therapy and wrote the book The Validation Breakthrough.
They knew, from experience, the manner in which SD responded to conflict, and this observation led to a new idea: Instead of trying to reorient SD to his current surroundings, they began to use validation therapy.
Staff also need to receive information about the appropriate use of reality orientation, validation therapy, redirection, activities, etc.