As a caretaker, when you talk to your clients that have Dementia, you may already know just how difficult it can be to communicate with those clients. If you choose to utilize Validation Therapy, this means that you will be able to creatively redirect those clients’ way of thinking.
Of course there will be good days and bad days. Because of the Dementia, the clients could experience sun-downing, too, meaning that certain times of the day or night may be better or worse than others.
If you truly want Validation Therapy to work for your clients, there are a few techniques that can be used to improve communication:
The first one we will talk about today is that you ‘Put yourself in your client’s shoes.’ The social norm used to be that if a client with Dementia went through periods of forgetfulness and attempted to relive past experiences, that you or another caregiver should “gently remind them about the truth of the matter that they have Dementia and those times have passed.
Currently this is not the case! It is now a well-known fact that each time you reawaken in them the truth, they are more and more psychologically damaged. Their reality is destroyed.
The fact is that Dementia affects your client’s brain function, not their ability to be human. Your client’s still have a mind, feelings, and an ego. In order to be a good caregiver, you need to respect each of these features that make up the individual or individuals, otherwise it is just cruel to continue reminding them of the sad fact that they cannot remember or comprehend the present.
Wanting to do that would not make you a good caregiver. You simply would not be displaying the old adage that With Age Comes Respect!