According to the website, http://www.caring.com/articles/validation-therapy-and-redirection-for-dementia, here are a few Validation Therapy pointers you may want to try with your clients that have Dementia:
· Try to understand why your client is behaving a certain way; what’s the trigger or underlying concern? Then figure out a way to address it. So, for example, if your client is hoarding or hiding items, ask what he or she is fearful of losing. Give a “safe box” that can be used to store those items.
- Don’t get caught up in whether or not something makes sense. A person with dementia may not be able to piece everything together, but their emotions are still valid. In fact, their distress or anxiety can be amplified when they aren’t being understood. Accept that your client’s emotions have more validity then the logic that leads to them.
- Ask specific questions about how certain actions or situations make your client feel. After you receive an explanation of those feelings, validate them with phrases that show your support, such as, “I’d be upset too, if that happened to me” or “I understand why you feel that way.”
- Allow your client a graceful exit and be mindful of his or her ego!
If you stop to consider that each of these suggestions are not only valid, but helpful, try using them and reap the rewards. Now I am not talking about a life-altering situation here, just the fact that your client may be more at ease with you around because you have validated their feelings and seem to understand where they are coming from.
Keep in mind that when you show them With Age Comes Respect, they will pay you that same respect over and over again!