Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory, thinking skills, and eventually will cause an individual to be unable to perform even the simplest of tasks. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, which is a group of brain disorders that are characterized by a loss in cognitive functioning and behavioral abilities to the extent that it causes significant problems in daily life. While there is currently not a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are medications and therapeutic techniques that may temporarily improve symptoms, which can allow individuals with this disease to maximize function and maintain independence.
Ten Lakes Center is an acute geriatric psychiatric unit whose goal is to provide patients with the highest quality of care in the safest and most comfortable environment possible. We recognize that Alzheimer’s disease can cause extreme difficulties in an individual’s life, which is why we have developed treatment options that specifically address and help manage the symptoms of this illness. This can be an extremely difficult time for everyone and so, at Ten Lakes, our compassionate staff will do all they can to support you and assist you in any way.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is difficult for everyone involved. This can be an extremely stressful time for families as they have to come to accept this diagnosis and can be scary as they are unsure of what the future holds. As a family member, one of the most important things you can do is be there and be supportive. Here are some things that you can do to help your loved one during this difficult time:
- Communicate as simply as possible: make your statements as easy to follow as possible
- Understand the progression of the disease: you need to take the time to learn about this disease and to understand the signs that indicate the disease is progressing
- Begin to plan for the future
- Keep your own emotions in check: make sure that you take care of your own mental health so that you don’t become overwhelmed
Why Consider Treatment at Ten Lakes Center
While memory loss is the most commonly associated symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, there are a variety of other symptoms that can occur. An individual with this disease may lose their sense of place and time, regularly miss appointments, or get lost in familiar surroundings. They will often have difficulties expressing themselves or following conversations, have difficulty performing daily tasks, and may socially withdraw. Individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are only going to get worse over time as the disease gradually progresses. Eventually they may be unable to take care of themselves at all.
An inpatient treatment clinic may be one of the most beneficial ways for you or your loved one to get treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Inpatient Clinics have someone available to meet any needs 24/7 and provide individuals with therapeutic interventions that can help them learn how to successfully manage the symptoms associated with this disease. In addition, inpatient treatment allows the patient to focus completely on learning about Alzheimer’s disease, how to cope with emotions they may be experiencing, and develop tools to deal with all of the changes they will be facing. Inpatient treatment also gives people suffering with Alzheimer’s the opportunity to have guidance and assistance in developing new daily routines that can be implemented once they have left the treatment setting.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Ten Lakes Center, we approach each patient with the understanding that every individual has unique life experiences and medical histories. We have a caring and compassionate staff that is committed to understanding and meeting the long and short-term needs of each one of the patients we serve. We work with families, primary care physicians, and long-term care facilities to best understand the needs of each patient. The treatment team works together to provide a clinically sophisticated, safe, and supportive environment. We know that inpatient hospitalization is only a small part of recovery. By working with all stakeholders, we can ensure that our patients are getting the most appropriate care after they are stabilized and discharged from Ten Lakes.
Types of Treatment Offered at Ten Lakes Center
When you arrive at Ten Lakes Center you will be met by one of our intake specialists who will walk you through a thorough evaluation that will determine your individual needs. Once the evaluation is complete, the result will be reviewed by our intake staff and a doctor to determine if our inpatient treatment option is going to best address your needs. Our interdisciplinary team meets weekly to determine each patient’s specific needs and to develop a specialized treatment plan for each patient. Some of the therapeutic methods you may participate in include the following:
Medication management: Patients who are struggling with Alzheimer’s disease are going to be on medication which is designed to help manage symptoms and provide them with comfort and independence for longer periods of time. Some patients may be on other medication to help control the symptoms of a co-occurring disorder. All patients will be seen by a physician on a daily basis and a psychiatrist comes to see each patient weekly to ensure that all medication is effectively working.
Group therapy is the main treatment approach here at Ten Lakes and multiple groups are held throughout the day on various topics. Some of the group topics may include stress management, anger management, mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal relationships.
Individual therapy is held on an as needed basis depending upon each patient’s specific needs. Individual sessions can be used to address any presenting issues or to give the patient time to refocus.
Family therapy: Family members of loved ones who are receiving treatment at Ten Lakes are regularly included in the treatment process and are encouraged to attend the treatment meetings, which are held three times a week. Additionally, family members are provided with education about their loved one’s disorder and are provided with services that help ensure continued care when their loved ones leave Ten Lakes. Visiting hours are held every day, twice a day between the hours of 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm and again from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Recreational therapy: Every patient at Ten Lakes participates in some form of exercise at least 5 times a week. Additionally, we have other options such as art and music appreciation, arts and crafts, and reminiscing.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Discharge planning starts the moment a patient is admitted to Ten Lakes Center. More often than not our patients are referred back to the facility that sent them to us. However, in some cases, patients are not able to return to their facility of origin or need to be placed in an extended care facility for the first time. Our social services department will work with families and guardians to determine the most appropriate placement and services for the patient after discharge.
In addition to our inpatient treatment, Ten Lakes Center operates The Wellness Center, which is a partial hospitalization program (PHP) in New Philadelphia, Ohio. This program is for adults 18 and older and is held Monday through Friday from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm. Those who attend our PHP will engage in three education groups and two process groups on a daily basis. Additional services include individual therapy as needed, medication management, monthly psychiatrist visits, and family therapy as needed. All patients in our partial hospitalization program will be provided with a daily lunch and transportation each day for those who are located within a 30-mile radius.
Serving The Entire Eastern Ohio Region
Our main treatment center in Dennison is within Trinity Twin City Critical Access Hospital (which is complete with a newly renovated emergency department and a 25-bed medical care unit). This location serves residents of the entire Eastern Ohio region and even some Western Pennsylvania residents. Call one of our Admissions counselors today for a free, confidential screening to see how Ten Lakes Center can help you down the path of recovery.