Treatment for Dementia

Dementia is a term used to describe a condition that includes a group of symptoms that affect memory, thinking, and social abilities to the extent that it interferes with a person’s daily functioning. While most forms of dementia are not curable, there are treatment options available that may help slow down or minimize the development of symptoms. Harbor Oaks Hospital, a leading behavioral healthcare provider, understands that finding out that you or a loved one has dementia can be scary and worrisome. We supply various levels of care and therapeutic interventions that are aimed at addressing the causes of turmoil and treating any existing symptoms of a mental health disorder or disorders. Our caring staff of experienced professionals is trained to facilitate the skills needed to manage the symptoms of dementia so that every man and woman who comes to Harbor Oaks for care can continue to live a full and happy life.

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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

When you have a family member who has been diagnosed with dementia, you are going to be met with many challenges on a daily basis. At times it can be extremely frustrating when you are unsure of what you can do to help, especially if your loved one is not able to effectively communicate anymore. Below are some tips that can be beneficial when it comes to helping your loved one manage his or her dementia symptoms and be able to live life to the fullest:

  • Develop a daily routine and try to keep consistent times for activities such as bathing, eating, and going to bed. Additionally, try to involve your loved one in daily activities as much as they are able to.
  • When talking to your loved one remember to be patient and make communication short, simple, and clear.
  • Be sure to keep your loved one active. Plan things such as short walks outside, gardening, or consider assisting your loved one in engaging in older adult community centers as they often provide daily activities.
  • Reach out to medical professionals when problematic behaviors arise, as they can provide you with additional support.
  • Consider long-term dementia care such as in-home help, day programs, and respite care, all of which can assist you in caring for your loved one in an effective manner.
  • Be sure to take care of yourself and take breaks when needed so that you avoid burn out.

Why Consider Treatment at Harbor Oaks Hospital

As dementia progresses it becomes harder and harder for an individual to be able to take care of him or herself. Some individuals may experience inadequate nutrition and reduced hygiene as they reach the later stages of the disease. They may have difficulty remembering to take their medications, be unable to communicate effectively, and may face some personal safety issues. Additionally, it is not uncommon for a person with dementia to struggle with depression, anxiety, or aggression. Because dementia is a progressive disease that will only get worse over time, it is important to get proper treatment so that the symptoms can be managed, allowing the individual to live a high quality life for as long as possible.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Types of Treatment Offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital

Harbor Oaks Hospital, an exemplary provider of mental health and chemical dependency treatment, is pleased to offer a number of treatment options designed to help children, adolescents, adults, and older adults realize their capacity to change and overcome the behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and substance abuse concerns that plague them. As an acute care hospital, we employ a number of therapeutic interventions that fulfill our mission to provide holistic treatment that cares for the whole person. The programming featured at Harbor Oaks incorporates didactic behavioral therapy, The Hazelden Curriculum, the 12-step model for care, and motivational interviewing into the techniques woven into the therapeutic experience. Our caring staff administers this treatment with the utmost compassion and respect for all who are entrusted into our care so that true healing and recovery can be achieved.

At Harbor Oaks Hospital, we operate under the unified goal of providing each patient with individualized care so that the most favorable treatment outcomes are the result. In order to achieve this goal, we supply the following treatment methods, which have proven effectiveness in improving the lives of those who come to our superior hospital for treatment:

Medically-monitored detox services: For adults who have developed a physical dependence on drugs and/or alcohol, medically-monitored detox is often the first line of defense in helping these individuals become sober and begin the process of recovery. Our staff of highly-trained and experienced physicians and nurses supervise patients as they go through the process of withdrawal so as to minimize the risks involved. Within these services, certain medications may be administered to make withdrawal as comfortable as possible so that the therapeutic process can begin once an individual’s body is rid of the harmful substances that led to his or her addiction.

Medication management: For many mental health conditions, such as dementia, pharmaceutical intervention is necessary in order to alleviate the severe symptoms of such illnesses. Individuals engaged in Harbor Oak’s innovative programming can meet with one of our onsite psychiatrists who can determine if medication is needed, monitor an individual once a medication regimen has begun, and make adjustments to any medication prescribed so as to garner the most favorable outcomes for each patient.

Individual therapy: Depending on the program, a patient at Harbor Oaks can partake in one-on-one therapy sessions with a mental health professional. Within these sessions, a patient can process his or her emotions regarding his or her progress in managing the symptoms of dementia, discuss any concerns that should arise during the course of treatment, and work through inner turmoil within the confines of a confidential, therapeutic relationship.

Group therapy: Therapy administered in a group format is an integral part of the treatment offered at Harbor Oaks. These groups are led by qualified mental health professionals and allow patients to find additional support from others who have endured similar struggles. The following topics are covered in the myriad of groups offered at Harbor Oaks:

  • Mental illness education
  • Substance abuse education
  • DBT-informed skills
  • Medication education
  • The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Alcoholic Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous

Family meetings and education: At Harbor Oaks, we believe that family support and involvement can increase a person’s chances for living a high quality life for as long as possible. Because of this belief, we facilitate family meetings between patients and their families to discuss the therapeutic process, discharge planning, and methods for improving relationships within the family unit. We also supply education opportunities for family members so that those closest to our patients can learn more about mental health disorders and addiction.     

Activity therapy: Depending on the program, patients at Harbor Oaks can engage in a wide variety of activity therapies. These therapies are implemented into a patient’s treatment in order to meet the varying needs of those entrusted into our care. The following activity therapies are those that are featured within our programming:

  • Gym
  • Art therapy
  • Pet therapy with dogs

An individualized treatment plan is created for each and every patient at Harbor Oaks. The previously mentioned therapies may or may not be part of a patient’s care as these plans are tailored to meet the specific and unique needs of those who partake in the exceptional treatment offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital.

Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment

In order to ensure that our patients are successful after completing inpatient treatment, the staff at Harbor Oaks Hospital begins discharge planning from the moment an individual embarks on the therapeutic process. These plans can include safety plans and referrals for services so that any positive strides made while at Harbor Oaks are continued and built upon.

At Harbor Oaks, we conduct an ongoing assessment of each patient’s needs in order to determine the most appropriate course of action once a person completes a level of care. Regardless of the program, we diligently work to ensure that every patient will receive the all-encompassing care needed to continue the healing and recovery process. In order to achieve this mission, Harbor Oaks Hospital supplies a number of less intensive treatment options for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our mental health partial hospitalization programs and adult chemical dependency intensive outpatient program are designed to meet the needs of those who do not require or no longer need the stabilization offered in an inpatient treatment setting.

If you or a loved one is in need of specialized care that is geared towards helping people live happy, healthy lives, let Harbor Oaks Hospital be your preferred provider of superior behavioral healthcare.

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