When people are suffering from schizophrenia, they struggle to appropriately interpret the world around them. They have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is not. People who have schizophrenia lack the ability to think clearly, are unable to properly manage their emotions, lack sound judgment, and are, more often than not, incapable of making appropriate decisions. The severity in which someone experiences the symptoms of schizophrenia will vary from person to person, but they are all the same in that they ultimately result in significant impairment in the individual’s ability to properly function. While there is no cure for schizophrenia, with proper treatment, people can learn how to manage their symptoms and go on to lead happy, productive lives.
At Ten Lakes Center, we understand that living a life plagued by the symptoms of schizophrenia can be devastating, so we offer treatment that is specifically designed to meet the needs of men and women who are struggling to overcome the symptoms of this debilitating illness. Ten Lakes Center is an acute geriatric psychiatric until located within the Trinity Twin City Critical Access Hospital. When people come to us for treatment, they can rest assured that they will be provided with the highest quality of care in the safest, most comfortable, and most therapeutic environment possible.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a family member or loved one who is suffering from schizophrenia can be frightening. You have probably watched your loved one participating in behaviors that do not make sense to you or have heard him or her respond to stimuli that are not truly there. It can be scary to watch someone you love experience a break from reality and you may feel helpless as to what you can do for him or her. The most important thing that you can do is help him or her come to the understanding that he or she needs professional treatment. In many cases, people who have schizophrenia are not aware of the fact that their thoughts and behaviors are out of synch with the rest of the world and, as a result, the responsibility of finding treatment tends to fall on their loved ones. When approaching people who have schizophrenia about their need for treatment, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Use a calm, non-confrontational voice so that they do not become defensive
- Ask questions about how they are feeling, what kinds of things they have been experiencing, and if they have felt any confusion about things going on around them
- Be patient and remember that they may truly not be aware that there exists a problem at all; try not to get frustrated
- Let them know that you are there for them and that they are not alone, regardless of what the future holds
Why Consider Treatment at Ten Lakes Center
When schizophrenia goes left untreated, it can cause severe detrimental effects in a person’s life. The symptoms will most likely continue to worsen, ultimately leading some people to find that they can no longer hold down a job, they have lost relationships that were once important to them, they are in financial trouble, and they are incapable of distinguishing various aspects of the world around them. While the symptoms of schizophrenia will require lifelong management, with proper treatment and aftercare, people with this illness can regain the ability to function appropriately on a daily basis.
Inpatient treatment clinics have proven to be one of the best ways of helping people with schizophrenia stabilize and begin treatment for their illness. By entering an inpatient clinic, people are given the chance to step away from the routines of their daily lives and focus solely on getting well. For people with schizophrenia, being treated in an inpatient clinic is especially beneficial because it provides them with supervision from mental health professionals 24/7, meaning that they are never without someone who can instantly help them when they need it. Through the use of therapeutic techniques and the implementation of appropriate medication, people who are suffering from schizophrenia can learn to successfully manage their symptoms.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Ten Lakes Center, we recognize that everyone who comes to us for treatment has their own unique set of life experiences that have played a role in molding them into the people that they are today. Keeping that in mind, we strive to provide individualized treatment plans that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each of our patients. Our caring and compassionate staff of mental health and medical professionals is committed to understanding and meeting both the short-term and the long-term needs of the patients we serve. We work closely with families, primary care physicians, and long-term care facilities in order to best understand the individual needs of each patient in a way that we would not be able to without any outside input. We aim 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 and to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate care once they leave our treatment center.
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 guide them through a comprehensive evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is to help us determine each person’s specific treatment needs. Once the evaluation is complete, it is closely reviewed by the intake staff and one of our doctors in order to ensure that our care will best meet the needs of that patient. Once admitted, an interdisciplinary treatment team is assigned to the patient and they will meet weekly to discuss the different aspects of the patient’s specific treatment plan and make sure that all needs are successfully being met and that all concerns are successfully being addressed. Some of the therapeutic methods that patients may participate in while being treated at Ten Lakes Center include the following:
Medication management: One of the key components in successfully treating schizophrenia comes in the form of medication. 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 mindfulness, stress management, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal relationships, and anger management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy is held on an as-needed basis and 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.
Family therapy: At Ten Lakes, we believe that having our patients’ family involved in treatment is crucial in successfully helping them heal. Family members of our patients are included in all of the different aspects of the treatment process and are encouraged to attend the treatment team meetings that occur three times each week. We also understand how difficult this time can be for the family members of our patients, so we make sure to provide them with education regarding their loved one’s illness and answer any questions that they may have. 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 our center 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. These include things such as 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 has the potential to be overwhelming for patients, so we start planning for this time as soon as patients are admitted. 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 works 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 care, 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 and family therapy as needed, medication management, and monthly visits with a psychiatrist. All patients are provided with a daily lunch and, for those located within a 30-mile radius, transportation can be provided as well.
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.