While a decline in cognitive capabilities can be considered a normal part of the aging process, there are, unfortunately, some individuals who experience such a degenerative decline in cognition that it prohibits them from functioning appropriately on a daily basis. This type of progressive cognitive decline can, in some cases, be the result of dementia.
Dementia refers to a group of symptoms that affects an individual’s cognitive skills. Individuals who are suffering from dementia may experience memory loss, a decline in thinking skills, hindrances in their ability to perform tasks of daily living, and impairment in their ability to function socially. There is no cure for the majority of dementia cases; however, treatment center and hospitals are available to help individuals learn to cope with and manage their symptoms, and achieve an overall higher quality of life.
At Options Behavioral Health, we recognize that receiving a diagnosis of dementia disease can be a frightening time for individuals and their families. We are sensitive to this fact and are proud to have been able to help many people at our hospital who are suffering from the symptoms of dementia learn how to manage their symptoms through the use of state-of-the-art treatment interventions that are provided by an experienced team of professionals.
Options Behavioral Health is an 84-bed, free-standing psychiatric hospital devoted to providing a full continuum of care for adults and older adults who are battling the symptoms of any number of mental health concerns, including dementia. At our hospital, individuals can learn the tools they need to successfully achieve a brighter future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Options Behavioral Health
At Options Behavioral Health, we offer our patients at our center various types of programming that are tailored to meet their specific needs. Our center’s 24-hour physician and nursing staff members are dedicated to not only getting to the cause of the presenting behavioral issues, but also to working with each patient and his or her family to educate them on the necessary steps they should take to prevent or cope with future issues.
The staff at Options Behavioral Health is committed to providing stabilization services to individuals at our hospital who are in need of acute care to treat symptoms that have become exacerbated to the point that they are unable to continue functioning appropriately on a daily basis. When patients come to Options for the treatment of dementia symptoms, they can rest assured that all measures will be taken at our hospital to alleviate the distress that they are experiencing so that they can move on to receive continuing care in a less restrictive environment.
In order to ensure that all of our center’s patients are provided with comprehensive care during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health, the following interventions may be implemented into each patient’s individualized treatment plan:
Medication management: The use of certain medications may be beneficial in successfully treating individuals enrolled at our center who are suffering from the symptoms of dementia. The implementation of any medication, however, will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending upon each individual’s specific needs. Patients who participate in programming at Options Behavioral Health will meet individually with the psychiatrist or nurse practitioner five days each week at our center for medication management services.
Individualized therapy: Individualized therapy can be very useful for people at our hospital who are struggling with dementia as it affords them an opportunity to discuss the ways in which the illness has affected their lives in an intimate setting. At our hospital, patients are able to discuss possible causes for their depression, process through challenges that may arise while they are in treatment, and celebrate successes that they achieve.
Group therapy: At Options Behavioral Health, group therapy is one of the main types of therapeutic interventions used for patients with dementia. Each day at our center, there are a number of different groups held, including one process group, two activity groups, and between two and four psychoeducation groups. The topics that are discussed and the activities that are held during these group sessions at our center can vary, but may include the following:
- Brain Games
- Goals Groups
- Anger Management
- Reminiscent Therapy
- Current Events
- Arts and Crafts
- Coping Skills
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are designed to help our hospital’s patients and their family members explore the ways in which the symptoms of dementia have affected the family dynamic as a whole. It can also serve as a time to teach family members about dementia, recovery, and ongoing care, as well as to guide them in learning ways that they can best support their loved ones. Patients at our hospital will be afforded the opportunity to have at least one family therapy session during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy opportunities are offered twice each day at our center and are incorporated into the activity therapy groups that patients participate in. The different types of experiential therapies that our center’s patients may engage in include:
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Recreation Therapy
- Music Therapy
Recognizing that ongoing care is often essential in facilitating lasting healing from dementia, the staff at Options Behavioral Health works diligently with patients to develop thorough discharge plans and arrange for aftercare supports. The therapists in each program at our hospital facilitate discharge and aftercare planning by assisting patients in scheduling follow-up outpatient therapy sessions within seven days of their discharge. When necessary, psychiatric appointments are also scheduled at the time of discharge. Our center’s therapists work with patients to assess what other types of resources and referrals may be beneficial in their specific situations and will help make those arrangements as well.