Validating Feelings Instead of Facts

Amanda Denny

Posted by Amanda Denny on June 3, 2016

Many care providers of individuals with dementia wonder what to do when their client or loved one makes up stories or experiences delusions. Should they correct the person, orienting them to present day reality? The anxiety and agitation almost always escalate with this approach. But entertaining the person’s delusions or untruths feels wrong to most, particularly when it is a loved one with whom they’ve previously shared an honest relationship.

Topics: Dementia Home Care, Validation Therapy