The Geriatric Unit in the Evangelical Hospital in Bad Dürkheim (Germany) is the first hospital geriatric unit to receive a VTI Certificate of Quality in the world. Senior Care facilities Paul-Gerhardt-Haus in Neustadt and House on Leininger Unterhof in Grünstadt also received VTI Certificates of Quality.
The Evangelical Hospital of Bad Dürkheim received the Validation Certificate of Quality from the Validation Training Institute (VTI) for its special Geriatric unit’s excellent work with older adults with cognitive decline. VTI is the international umbrella organization for Validation by Naomi Feil. This is the first hospital to develop such a specialized unit and to receive this Certificate of Quality.
Senior care centers, Paul Gerhardt House and House on Leininger Unterhof have also received certificates of quality for their exemplary integration of Validation.
At the Evangelical Hospital, nurses, therapists and doctors as well as staff from all services and administration are being trained in Validation for the treatment of people with dementia. Specialized care programs, including training volunteers to be Validation Companions (also called ‘the Green Ladies”) respond to the special needs of older, confused patients.
Within the Geriatric department there is a special space for these patients, the ‘Guud Stubb’(trans:good café), where special care and activity programs are lead by these ‘Green Ladies’. “The empathy-based method of communication helps volunteers to identify the needs of people with dementia and to offer the person-centered, Guud Stubb program,” explains Hedwig Neu.
“The certificate is a great confirmation of our efforts and motivates us to go further on the path we have taken for the benefit of the patients,” says Christoph Patzelt, Commercial Director of the Evangelical Hospital.
Vicki de Klerk-Rubin, daughter of Validation founder Naomi Feil, spent a day in each of the three audited facilities evaluating how the principles of Validation are implemented in the care of the patients or the care of the residents. She observed daily life, including a Validation Group session, general nursing care, meals and activity programs. Talking with relatives, volunteers and Validation Workers among the staff, gave her a sense of how the facilities support these groups when caring for people with dementia.
“I am incredibly impressed by how Validation is lived and practiced in the homes of LVIM” said Vicki de Klerk-Rubin. “The LVIM is a role model for the practical implementation of Validation for the whole world,” she exclaimed.
Editor’s Note: The Validation Training Institute (VTI) Board is comprised of 10 people. The VTI would not be where it is today without the support of our hardworking board members. We will be spotlighting our members in our monthly blogs
Charles de Vilmorin, Board member since 2015
CDV: I am the CEO & Co-Founder of Linked Senior; we build therapeutic engagement software for senior care.
VTI: How did you first learn about Validation?
CDV: Through my interactions with Rita Altman, I heard of Naomi Feil and the effectiveness of the method. Being passionate about our older adults, especially the ones with cognitive change, I ordered and read books and had the opportunity to be trained as a Validation Worker in 2013.
VTI: Was there a specific moment when you first realized Validation worked? If so, what was that moment?
CDV: I strongly believe in the power of empathy and that training, technique and patience can help us connect one another so I felt very much in tune with the method from the start.
The true revelation for me was during my training as a Validation Worker. We had to train with older adults living at different stages of dementia. One of the sessions started in a quite challenging way as I could not connect with the person: She was curled up in her wheelchair, gazing behind me. Gradually, by matching her rocking movement with my body and voice tone, she started humming. Coming back a few days later, she started humming again just as I started talking and after a few sessions, we had intense eye contact which brought a smile to both of us. She never spoke but I knew that we connected – that moment seemed infinite. The Validation Method helps us have infinite moments with our elders.
VTI: How long have you served on the board?
CDV: 2 years
VTI: What do you enjoy most about serving on the board?
CDV: Serving on the board is an honor for me and a way to fuel the passion that I have for the older adult. I feel we have an incredibly strong team who share common values and dedication. Putting these to work is as exciting as the opportunities that lie ahead.
VTI: What the most important thing Validation has taught you?
CDV: I think Validation keeps on reminding me that even at the very late stages of life, with the proper method, patience & empathy, there is always a way to connect with someone, share love and experience togetherness as humans. I feel this is deeply encouraging and exciting.
VTI: So, where do you live now?
CDV: We live downtown Washington DC, in Dupont Circle
VTI: What do you like to do when you are not working?
CDV: I enjoy running long distances (sometimes, very long: 100 mile race completed this year😉), cooking, science fiction – but above all spending time with my wife and three daughters and soon a son!!!
VTI: Thank you Charles for serving on the board!
The Validation Training Institute (VTI) recently celebrated an historic and important first: the certification of Validation workers in China.
Senior Living L’Amore—a Beijing-based Authorized Validation Organization (AVO)— helped lead the certification process for the country’s first Validation workers. They were supported with assistance from Meridian Senior Living. Senior Living L’Amore became an AVO in 2015 after VTI Founder Naomi Feil made her first presentation in mainland China.
Validation Training Institute (VTI) Founder Naomi Feil and VTI Executive Director Vicki de Klerk will present an exclusive workshop in Washington, D.C., at George Washington University on Sept. 15. (See the attached flyer posted with this article for more details or click on the link above).
For the first time in the U.S. capitol, the duo will share information on effective Validation techniques as well as general information on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
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