Dementia is a general term for a disorder of mental processes associated with the loss of proper brain functioning. When people have dementia, they begin experiencing memory problems, language struggles, impaired judgment, distorted thinking, and inappropriate or confused behavior. The presence of dementia can lead to significant disruption in an individual’s life. Interacting socially, maintaining strong interpersonal relationships, performing adequately in an occupational setting, and fulfilling daily tasks and obligations can become increasingly difficult as the disease progresses. Depending on the part of the brain that has been affected, there are various treatment options available that can help slow an individual’s cognitive decline and prolong his or her ability to function normally. While this can be a very scary time for everyone involved, there is help available.
StoneCrest Center is a 133-bed acute psychiatric inpatient treatment center for adolescents, adults, and senior adults who are in need of specialized behavioral healthcare services. With a vision to remain an ever-improving care center, we strive to redefine the way that mental health treatment is delivered. By focusing on reintegrating patients back into the community by increasing problem-solving skills, communication skills, coping abilities, and enhancing their self-esteem, our compassionate staff is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for those who entrust us with their care. With our state-of-the-art sensory room, we are the only treatment center in the state that is also able to provide specialized services for individuals with developmental disabilities. If you or a loved one is facing the challenges of living a life with dementia, the staff at StoneCrest wants to show you that you are not alone. We want to help you develop the tools you need to continue living a full and happy life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When people are struggling with the symptoms of dementia, it does not only have a negative impact on their lives, but on the lives of those around them as well. It can be extremely difficult to have a family member or loved one who is suffering from this illness and it can be easy to feel extremely overwhelmed. If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia, it is very likely that he or she will come to rely greatly on you for help and support as the disease progressively worsens. It is understandable that this can cause you to feel a great sense of pressure, and while this can be a difficult and challenging time, there are some steps that you can take in order start preparing for the future.
- Educate yourself about dementia. The more knowledge you have about this illness, the less intimidating and less overwhelming it will begin to seem.
- Arrange a time to meet with other people in your loved one’s life so that a discussion can be had regarding who will be involved in helping with his or her care, including what role everyone will play.
- Decide who will be responsible for making financial and healthcare decisions for your loved one in the event that he or she becomes unable to do so.
- Maintain open dialogue with your loved one. While discussing the future can be frightening, it is extremely important that your loved one be involved in the decision-making process while he or she is cognitively able to. This will help ease your mind as well because you will know that, when the time comes to implement those decisions, you are fulfilling your loved one’s wishes.
- Work with everyone in your loved one’s life to establish a daily routine that everyone can become familiar and comfortable with. As your loved one’s cognitive functioning begins to decline, the repetition of this set routine may provide him or her with a sense of comfort.
- Encourage your loved one to exercise on a consistent basis. There has been research conducted that has shown that physical activity can potentially aid in slowing the progression of impaired thinking.
- Play games with your loved one or encourage him or her to participate in other types of thinking activities. When individuals are consistently using cognitive skills, it can help slow the decline in cognition.
Why Consider Treatment at StoneCrest Center
The early stages of dementia may not cause significant impairment, but as the disease progresses, individuals will inevitably begin to find difficulty functioning appropriately on a daily basis. The cognitive decline that defines this disease can lead people to experience struggles with communicating, maintaining personal safety, and taking care of day-to-day tasks. These individuals also tend to experience a deterioration in their overall physical, emotional, and mental health. Although most cases of dementia cannot be cured, by receiving proper treatment, people can learn ways to manage their symptoms. In some cases, treatment can also help to slow the progression of or minimize the actual development of symptoms.
When someone has dementia, receiving care in an inpatient treatment center can be one of the most beneficial ways for him or her to begin the healing process. By taking part in an inpatient program, individuals are provided with around-the-clock care in a safe and supportive environment. These programs also allow people with dementia to have access to the intensive therapeutic interventions that may be needed in order to help them learn how to manage and cope with their symptoms, while also developing the tools needed to be able to function at their highest level. Inpatient programs also provide people with the added support of being around other patients who are facing similar struggles, giving them the comfort of knowing that they are not alone.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At StoneCrest Center, we strive to set ourselves apart from other mental health treatment centers by offering individualized, superior care that improves the quality of life for our patients while also providing a reliable resource for the community. We believe that our values are what truly make us stand out. We treat each other like family and we empathize with and support the families who have a loved one who is struggling with mental illness. We diligently work at maintaining our position as a leader in creating distinct, effective mental health disease management through our partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals, through the application of technology, and, most importantly, through the extension of services from our hospital to the home. At StoneCrest, we remain steadfast in preventing, supporting, and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral conditions, providing patients with a safe place to turn in their time of need.
Types of Treatment Offered at StoneCrest Center
The fully trained and qualified staff at StoneCrest uses a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, coordinating care amongst our in-house psychiatrists, nurses, socials workers, and activity therapists. By implementing a case management model that focuses on person-centered planning, each patient works with a therapist who serves as the patient’s coordinator and advocate during his or her stay. These therapists guide patients through the treatment process while establishing a therapeutic relationship as they help them work towards achieving their identified treatment goals. Our treatment programs are created to meet the needs of each patient as a whole in order to ensure that all needs are being addressed and coordinated while in our care. Some of the treatment methods used in our programs may include:
Medication management: Medication may be used in the treatment of dementia as it has been known to help individuals more effectively manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Medication can also be used to treat the symptoms of a co-occurring disorder, should one exist. All patients meet with a psychiatrist daily and see a doctor regularly in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions serve as a time for patients to meet one-on-one with a therapist in order to set personal goals for treatment, discuss progress, or to work through any issues that may be of concern.
Group therapy: Group therapy plays a major role in the treatment process here at StoneCrest. Multiple groups are held on a daily basis and cover topics such as social skills, support systems, and daily living activities.
Family therapy: At StoneCrest, we believe that family involvement is crucial in helping our patients be successful in the treatment process. In addition to ensuring that family members are an active part of the therapeutic process, we also educate our patients’ families in order to help them understand what their loved ones are experiencing and discover ways that will help them cope with emotional difficulties that may arise in the future.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
When patients have completed the inpatient program at StoneCrest, they will meet with their social worker who will facilitate discharge planning. Our social workers will coordinate appropriate aftercare support, ensure placement or housing when necessary, and schedule any pertinent follow-up appointments with community agencies.