Sunrise Senior Living (NYSE: SRZ) recently announced that it has become an Authorized Validation Organization with the Validation Training Institute, a not-for-profit organization offering training and certification in the Validation Method used to care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Sunrise plans to rollout the program to its 360 communities in the next few months and its status as a training center will greatly expand the number of trained caregivers using the Validation Method in the United States.
The Validation Method is a protocol for care developed by Naomi Feil, M.S., A.C.S.W., who wrote her book, Validation: The Feil Method in 1982. Her research and program employs a holistic approach and notes that that unusual behaviors expressed by dementia sufferers are often due to a combination of cognitive, physical, and social losses, and represent an attempt to express unresolved feelings and emotions. Caregivers can deliver more ease, pleasure and dignity to those with dementia by using empathy to validate these individuals’ desire to communicate.
"Sunrise Senior Living’s new certification is a major milestone for the Validation Method in America," said Ms. Feil. "Their leadership will have an enormous positive impact on the quality of care for seniors with memory loss and on the quality of training for care providers."
For more information visit the full release from Sunrise on becoming an Authorized Validation Organization.