What is Validation?

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What is Validation?

Validation is a method of communicating  and being with disoriented very old people. It is a practical way of working that helps reduce stress, enhance dignity and increase happiness. Validation is built on an empathetic attitude and a holistic view of individuals.

What Does Validation Do?

When you can “step into the shoes” of another human being and “see through their eyes,” you can step into the world of disoriented very old people and understand the meaning of their sometimes bizarre behavior.

Validation theory explains that many (very) old disoriented people, who are often diagnosed as having Alzheimer type dementia, are in the final stage of life, trying to resolve unfinished issues in order to die in peace. Their final struggle is important and we, as caregivers, can help them. Using Validation techniques we offer disoriented elderly an opportunity to express what they wish to express whether it is verbal or non-verbal communication. Validation practitioners are caring, non-judgmental and open to the feelings that are expressed. When disoriented elderly can express the things that have often been suppressed for many years, the intensity of the feelings lessen, people communicate more and are less likely to withdraw into further stages of disorientation.

Validation practitioners are less stressed and frustrated, interactions are more rewarding and the everyday becomes easier. The basic attitude and techniques, drawn from many successful practices and research, can be used in their day-to-day lives. 

Learn About the Differences Between Validation and Other Person-Centered Methods

Best Friends Approach

Person centered approach with the goal to train master individuals who would then train people within their organizations

Dementia Care Mapping (DCM)

The Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) is a set of tools of observation towards people living with dementia

VTI offers a variety of training possibilities to suit your personal needs regarding time, budget and depth of training. We take you from where you are and take you to the next level. Any or no pre-training is equally welcome. 

VTI works with organizations around the world to spread information, offer training and maintain ‘the spirit of Validation’ to people in their local language and culture.

These are called Authorized Validation Organizations (AVOs). They work with authorized Validation Teachers following quality standards set by VTI. Each AVO creates its own menu of Validation training and materials that have been localized.

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Validation to suit your needs…

VTI and its Authorized Validation Organizations (AVOs) offer a variety of training possibilities to suit your personal needs regarding time, budget and depth of training. We take you from where you are and take you to the next level. Any or no pre-training is equally welcome.