Instead, caregivers may find reorientation or validation therapy
more useful, he explains.
(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.
, 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.