LIFE's Unique Model
In 2016, Carole Klingler, BSN, RN, CDP and CEO of LIFE, took the concept of a Memory Café to a whole new level: hold Cafés in one consistent space on a weekly, rather than a monthly, basis; and expand programming to four hours, rather than the typical one hour. LIFE’s Cafés take place in donated church spaces.
The Cafés also provide unique support for caregivers.
LIFE became the first organization in Ohio to join the National Memory Café Registry.
Naomi Feil and “Validation” Techniques
Carole studied the “validation” techniques of Naomi Feil, social worker and founder of the Validation Training Institute. Validation is a method of communicating and interacting with disoriented older people, and a practical way of working that helps reduce stress, enhance dignity and increase happiness.
As a former nurse, Carole says, “I witnessed staff and families struggling with how to respond to a disoriented person and knew there had to be a better way to help.” Carole used a validation technique with one patient who “went ballistic”; she was able to calm the woman down and prevent her from being sent out for a psychiatric evaluation.
Carole with Naomi Feil
Come As You Are, When You Are Able
You are welcome in your pajamas or your best-dressed suit any time during LIFE Café sessions. There is no judgment for showing up a half an hour into a session, and no problem for leaving an hour early. You are welcome for as long as you can join.
Memory Cafés are held once a week at these locations: Wellington on Mondays, Elyria on Tuesdays, Wooster and Amherst on Wednesdays, and North Ridgeville on Thursdays.