You may have found that as you are getting older you are starting to notice changes in your ability to do or remember things the way you used to. For example, maybe you forget where you put things, get lost more often, get moody, become agitated over little things, or feel less social. These may just be normal symptoms of getting older that can be helped with mental exercises and by staying active. Or in some cases they may be indicative of something else such as dementia.
When you learn you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, fears and worries set in about sudden changes and the necessity to immediately make new decisions about life. Alzheimer’s disease does change your life, but not in every area all at once. It develops slowly over years, in three overall phases – mild, moderate, and, finally, severe. If you take action promptly in each phase you or your loved one can experience a better quality of life and plan for the changes to come.
The news that someone has Alzheimer’s disease is often devastating not just to the individual, but to those closest to that person. The normal course of Alzheimer’s generally unfolds over a number of years, giving you and your loved ones time to spend together and make decisions for the future. With the right intervention you can maintain your memory and thought processes for a longer period of time than previously thought possible, and continue to enjoy life for some time to come. The diagnosis is not the end of your life – it just requires the need to find the right services that will give you all the extra time possible to continue living.
Why Seek Treatment at Park Royal?
Park Royal Hospital is located in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida. This serene area will allow you or your loved one to concentrate on the tasks at hand, whether it be completing a comprehensive evaluation or working on getting acute behavioral difficulties under control. We understand how hard it is for people or family members to face the possibility of such a difficult diagnosis. Before we begin the formal evaluation process we spend time with you and all relevant people in your life who may add to the information we have about your current problems and your history. Most important, we want to get to know you as a person. We will never look down upon you and we are committed to treat everyone who comes to us for help, patient and family members alike, with respect and ensure their dignity is protected at all times. We take our responsibility to provide you with the most accurate information possible about your condition so that we can discuss the best and most appropriate options for you and members of your family.
At Park Royal we provide a complete range of treatment options, which includes an inpatient crisis stabilization unit with special services for seniors who have displayed mental status changes, behavior problems, unexplained agitation, or unusual patterns of memory loss. Even in the case of an person admitted for evaluation and observation services, we focus on the whole person including individual psychiatric, emotional and medical needs.
We have trained staff who are available to speak with you by phone to determine you and/or your loved one’s needs to help you determine what course of action is the best to pursue. We are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. You can also make an appointment for a free evaluation to provide a more complete and comprehensive picture of what may be occurring with you or a loved one.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
Park Royal strives to be the best behavioral health organization in the area by providing a variety of options for inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment. Our objective is not to replicate services that are already available, but to supplement these program components that already exist in our community. At the same time we ensure our services are not merely extra add-ons, but have substance, evidence of efficacy in improving the condition for which they are utilized and are accepted and popular with the people who come to us for help for any number of conditions.
We believe in providing holistic treatment, focusing on the needs of the entire person, even when a person is with us for only a short time. We make this possible by viewing people in their entirety from the very beginning and continuing to see them in this manner throughout their stay. We also strongly believe in ensuring that when the time comes for someone to be discharged, they already know what their next steps will be in pursuing their treatment and are aware of what specific program or housing option they will be transitioning to. We are committed to the patient and family as a unit and understand how important family and significant others are in a person’s life. We will never treat included friends or family as secondary and will integrate them into the person’s evaluation and treatment to the fullest extent possible.
At Park Royal our team of professionals will be available to you and your loved ones to provide information, support, education, and therapeutic interactions on both a formal and informal basis to ensure all needs are met and you and your loved ones can rest easy.
Treatment at Park Royal
Our inpatient services are intended primarily for stabilization. Yet we believe even when working through an acute crisis, it is important for people to participate in other active therapeutic opportunities to help them make a start on rehab, prior to transitioning to the next step on the path to recovery. The therapeutic options we offer for you to participate in while on our inpatient unit, include group therapy consisting of both psycho-educational groups and process oriented groups. Appropriate individual work is also provided, aimed at helping people with mood, behavioral reactions and maintaining memory. Additionally, we have family visitation to help family members better understand their loved one’s condition, process their emotions regarding their loved one’s diagnosis, and options for what might be appropriate placements if the individual is not able to return home or live with family.
Additional opportunities to help people express themselves and interact with others are also provided, including:
- Occupational therapy (as appropriate)
- Semi-structured activities
- Physical therapy
- Leisure time with peers and staff
- Recreational programs
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
At Park Royal we are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive evaluation services possible. From the beginning, this allows us to already start thinking about what might be appropriate options for you after you are discharged from our inpatient program. We begin working in collaboration with you as soon as appropriate to decide what the best step is for you to take next.
Depending on what the evaluation shows, you may be ready to return home or to live with family and pursue additional help through outpatient services or community resources. If it is determined that a more intensive approach is warranted, you may choose to enter one of our Intensive Outpatient Programs. These programs provide individuals with active treatment three to five times a week for three hours a day generally in a group setting. Groups include psycho-educational/skill building groups and process groups. In addition, individuals and family members will be provided with peer support, education, and skill building approaches.