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.
is useful, particularly in paranoid or delusional residents.
Ten years ago Wilkes, then a charge nurse, went to Australia to learn more about validation therapy
as a way of caring for older people.
* How to effectively approach residents with dementia and use calming communication techniques (such as validation therapy
, distraction, redirection, etc.);
was pioneered by Naomi Feil, who developed an acute understanding of seniors while growing up in the nursing home her father managed.
may help relieve anxiety, maintain dignity and prevent further deterioration and withdrawal.
In clinical terms, this debate comes down to a clash between proponents of "reality therapy" (insistent truth-telling) versus "validation therapy
" (going along with the patient's subjective reality).
Contributing Writer 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.
, like much of what we do, requires common sense to be done properly.
The technique used here is called Validation Therapy
. It assumes that no matter what illusion the person with Alzheimer's disease (AD) is living, she is right, and nothing you can say or do will convince her otherwise.
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
. Rather than correcting him and stressing that he was now living in Ohio, the staff validated SD's story by going along with it.