Dementia is not a single specific disease; it’s a blanket term to describe a collection of symptoms associated with deterioration in memories and other thinking abilities that are extreme enough to reduce the ability to perform the normal activities of daily living. Alzheimer’s disease causes between 60 and 80% of dementia cases, while vascular dementia – the result of a stroke – is the second most common form of dementia. However, there are numerous other forms of dementia, some of them, like vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems, can be corrected.
Many people are under the erroneous belief that dementia is a normal part of aging, even calling it “senility.” This could not be farther from the truth. While some cognitive decline is normal, the decline in memory, communication, concentration, judgment, and visual perception associated with dementia is far more extreme.
A number of forms of dementias are progressive, meaning the symptoms begin to appear at a slow pace and gradually worsen as the years pass. If you, or a loved one, have noticed that you’ve experienced an onset of difficulties with your memory or changes in the way you think, do not ignore them. The loving and attentive staff at Park Royal Hospital will spend a great deal of time getting to know you so that we can best understand your challenges and properly diagnose your dementia. As many cases of dementia are treatable, it’s important to have a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for the future.
Why You Should Consider Inpatient Treatment at Park Royal Hospital
At Park Royal Hospital, we work hard to get to know you, your family, and your life history so that we can best provide top-of-the-line dementia care during your time of need. Our serene environment, away from the stressors of everyday life, will allow you the opportunity to focus on your healing and help you determine the next steps for you and your loved ones. We know what a devastating disease dementia is and we’re ready to help you and your family come to terms with the diagnosis and plan for the future together.
From the moment you come to us for dementia treatment, we will help create a care plan for your stay that meets all of your needs – mind, body, and soul. We’re a holistic treatment center, which means that your plan of care will address all aspects of what makes you unique. We don’t believe that dementia treatment should be a one-size-fits-all, so we’ll tailor our dementia care based upon your needs. We’ll be beside you every step of the way to support you, cheer you on, and watch as you meet and exceed care plan goals.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Park Royal provides quality care to all patients with dignity and respect. We aim to be a leading behavioral healthcare center that provides the most effective and up-to-date treatment modalities to those in need. We provide care that is life-changing, giving individuals a new sense of hope for the future. When you come to our facility you can take the time needed to heal and block out the distractions from the outside world. Learning that you have dementia can be scary, but it doesn’t have to ruin the future you want to have. With proper treatment, you can control your symptoms and continue to live a happy life. Park Royal is there to provide treatment with a good old-fashioned touch.
Treatment Options for Dementia at Park Royal Hospital
Upon arriving at Park Royal you will be greeted by a friendly staff of well-trained individuals who are eager to help you get your life back on track. Before any treatment plans can be developed or treatment session begun, it is first necessary to complete a full psychological and physical assessment. This assessment helps us to determine how severe your dementia is, the existence of any other mental disorders, and if you require any additional medical attention.
Our medication management is there to assess the medications you are using and determine if they are working correctly. Many times individuals with dementia may need a period of inpatient care to correct medication dosages, or switch the kinds of meds being used. Additionally, you will be provided with a variety of therapeutic techniques to help you learn to live and cope with your dementia.
Individual therapy is provided to patients to give them one-on-one time with a therapist who will address specific concerns. Sessions will be used to help the individual learn how to understand and control their current situation.
Group therapy is both psycho-educational and target based. Group therapy is designed to provide patients with a more participatory environment, one where they can connect with others and work on improving social skills. Together groups members can discuss what it has been like for them to live with dementia and offer insight to one another. Additionally, topics such as coping skills, healthy aging, and grief and loss may be covered.
We know that for individuals suffering with dementia that the family unit is a huge source of support. At Park Royal we will take the time to work with you and your loved ones, helping everyone to understand what dementia is and the specifics of your condition. Additionally, we will take time to process emotions brought about by the diagnosis of dementia and identify ways for the whole family to cope with the effects together.
In addition to our standard treatments, we also offer a number of experiential treatments to further engage individuals who are living with dementia. These may include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Recreational therapy
- A.A. and N.A.
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
Towards the end of your inpatient treatment program you will work more closely with our discharge planners to help establish a plan of action for your continued care. This aftercare plan will include all of your current needs and will provide detailed instructions for your next phase of treatment. Since we don’t want to cause any disruption in your treatment, we will work with you to make the transition to your next step as smooth as possible.
Some patients with dementia may have come to us simply to get stabilized and get their medication management under control, and are then able to return home. If you are being discharged back home to your loved ones, we will help connect you to resources in the community that you can rely on for additional support. Sometimes if other co-occurring disorders are present, a more structured environment may still be needed. If this is the case, we offer an intensive outpatient program that still provides structured care, but is not 24-hour monitored treatment.
For some individuals that may be at the stage of their dementia that prevents them from being able to return home, this may be due to safety issues or their family is no longer able to provide the necessary level of care. If this is the next step for your loved one, we will help you to find an appropriate center and work with you to offer support during this difficult time.