Dementia is an illness that can be devastating for not only the person suffering from it, but for those in that person’s life as well. This illness occurs when a person begins experiencing severe problems with his or her memory and other areas of cognitive functioning. People who are suffering from dementia may find that their symptoms have quickly begun to cause significant disruption in their ability to function appropriately on a daily basis. It can be a very scary time, but we are here to help you and support you.
At Ten Lakes Center, we recognize that having dementia can be extremely detrimental on a person’s life and have developed treatment options designed specifically to address and treat the symptoms and effects of this illness. Ten Lakes is an acute geriatric psychiatric unit located within Trinity Twin City Critical Access Hospital, which is complete with a newly renovated emergency department and 25 bed medical care unit. When people come to us for help, we make it our goal to provide the highest quality of care in the safest and most comfortable environment possible.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When you have a loved one or family member who is suffering from dementia, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. You may be struggling with a wide variety of emotions, experiencing everything from frustration over the way in which your loved one has been behaving, to guilt over the steps that you know you might have to take in order to get him or her the help he or she needs, to fear of the unknown. Your emotions are completely understandable. Taking care of a person who has dementia can be challenging, but there are some things that you can do right now in order to start preparing for the future care that your loved one will need. A few examples of such steps may include:
- Sit down with other people in your loved one’s life and determine who will be involved in helping with his or her care and in what capacity
- Develop a daily routine for your loved one that he or she can become familiar and comfortable with
- Decide who will be in charge of making any financial or healthcare decisions for your loved one once he or she is no longer able to do so
- Make arrangements for where your loved one will live
- Research dementia, including the various forms, the symptoms, the effects, and the types of treatment that have proven to be successful; the more familiar you become with the illness, the less scary and overwhelming it will seem
Why Consider Treatment at Ten Lakes Center
While the early stages of dementia may not cause significant impairment, as the disease progresses, those suffering from it will likely begin to demonstrate changes in their mood and behavior; changes that may be difficult for those around him or her to understand and cope with. Unfortunately, some of the changes that these people may experience can lead them to need around-the-clock care.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, inpatient treatment may be one of the most beneficial ways in which to receive treatment. Not only do people in inpatient treatment have someone available to meet any of their needs 24/7, they are also provided with the intensive therapeutic intervention that may be needed in order to learn how successfully cope with and manage one’s symptoms. In addition, inpatient treatment allows those who are suffering from dementia to meet others who are struggling with similar concerns, providing them with the comfort of knowing that they are not alone. It is also a means for people to have the chance to step away from their everyday lives and enter an environment where their sole focus is on learning about their illness, learning what it means for their future, learning how to most effectively manage their symptoms, and developing tools that they can use to cope with all of the changes that they will be facing. Inpatient treatment also gives people suffering dementia 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 recognize that everyone who comes to us for treatment has their own unique life experiences that have molded them into the person that they are today, which is why we strive to provide treatment plans that are individualized to meet the specific needs of each of our patients. Our caring and compassionate staff is committed to understanding and meeting both the short-term and the long-term needs of the patients we serve. We work hand-in-hand with families, primary care physicians, and long-term care facilities in order to best understand the individual needs of each patient in a way in which we would not be able to on our own. We strive to develop professional and collaborative relationships with all of the agencies and facilities that refer patients to Ten Lakes in order to provide the highest quality of care for everyone who comes to us for help.
Types of Treatment Offered at Ten Lakes Center
When patients arrive at Ten Lakes Center, they first meet with one of our intake specialists who will administer a thorough evaluation that will help determine each person’s specific treatment needs. Once the assessment is complete, it is closely reviewed by the intake staff and one of our doctors in order to ensure that our inpatient treatment will best meet the patient’s needs. Once admitted into our treatment clinic, you will have your own interdisciplinary treatment team who will meet weekly in order to discuss your specific treatment plan and make sure that all of your needs are successfully being met. Some of the therapeutic methods that you may participate in while being treated at Ten Lakes include the following:
Medication management: Patients who have dementia are going to require medication in order to help manage the symptoms that they are struggling with. Additionally, some patients may need to be on medication in order to treat a co-occurring medical or mental health disorder. Every patient is seen daily by a physician and weekly by a psychiatrist in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of the medications being taken, to make sure there are no negative side effects, and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: At Ten Lakes, group therapy is our main approach to treatment. Multiple groups are held throughout the day and cover a wide variety of topics. Some of the topics that may be discussed in these group sessions can include distress tolerance, mindfulness, stress management, emotion regulation, anger management, and interpersonal relationships.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy is held on an as-needed basis as determined by each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Sessions can be added at any time if deemed appropriate to the successful advancement of treatment. Individual therapy is a time where patients meet one-on-one with a therapist and discuss any concerns they may have, address any presenting issues, or refocus on why they are there.
Family therapy: At Ten Lakes, we believe that family involvement in treatment is extremely important to successfully help our patients. Family members of those who are receiving treatment are included in the different aspects of the treatment process and are encouraged to attend the treatment team meetings which occur three times per week. We also understand how difficult this time can be for the family members of our patients, so we provide them with education regarding their loved one’s illness and recommended services that will help ensure that their loved one receives the appropriate continuity of care once he or she leaves our treatment clinic. Additionally, we hold visitation hours twice daily, between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm and again from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Recreational therapy: All of the patients being treated at Ten Lakes participate in some form of exercise at least five days per week. We also provide options for other forms of recreational and experiential therapy that we have found to be beneficial for our patients, which may include arts and crafts, art and music appreciation, and a time for reminiscing.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The transition that occurs at the time of discharge can be somewhat overwhelming for patients, so we start planning for this at the time of admission. In doing so, the patients are aware of what they can expect at the end of their stay with us. More often than not, our patients are referred back to the facility that referred them to us. In some cases, however, patients may require placement in an extended care facility. Our social services department will work with the families and guardians of our patients to determine what the most appropriate placement and services are once the patient has been discharged.
In addition to our inpatient treatment, Ten Lakes Center operates The Wellness Center, which is a partial hospitalization program (PHP) located in New Philadelphia, Ohio. This program is held Monday through Friday from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm, during which time patients participate in three education groups and two process groups each day. Additional services that are offered include individual therapy, medication management, monthly visits with a psychiatrist, and family therapy. All patients are provided with a daily lunch and for those located within a 30-mile radius, transportation can be provided as well.
Getting Help from Us
Our main treatment facility in Dennison is within Trinity Twin City Critical Access Hospital. We serve residents of the entire Eastern Ohio region including cities like Canton and Cadiz. 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.