Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that is believed to be brought on by changes in the brain and usually begins in late middle age. This disabling disease is characterized by lapses in memory, confusion, emotional instability, and progressive loss of mental ability. This irreversible brain disease slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and eventually leaves an individual unable to carry out simple tasks of daily living. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are treatments available and actions you can take to better manage life. Certain medications may improve quality of living and delay some of the symptoms, allowing an individual to remain independent as long as possible.
At Red River Hospital is we are dedicated to helping improve the lives of those who entrust us with their care. Through individualized treatment plans, the caring and compassionate staff at Red River Hospital assist those who are in need of services for behavioral health concerns, substance abuse issues, and co-occurring disorders. Our hospital is separated into four distinct units, which allows us to successfully meet the needs of all age groups, including children, adolescents, adults, and senior adults. We are also proud to offer a specialized military heroes unit for our United States Service Members. At Red River, we can only imagine how difficult it must be to learn that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. We want you to know that you do not have to go through this alone, we are here to support you and help you learn to manage your symptoms so that you can still live a fulfilling life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching your loved one progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s can be extremely upsetting and even frightening in some cases. You may be faced with many questions about what you can do to help your loved one and how you can be most supportive. Here are some things to consider when trying to help improve your loved one’s quality of life:
- Learn all you can about Alzheimer’s so that you will know what to expect
- Don’t avoid talking about the illness if your loved one wants to talk about it
- Continue with the activities you have always done
- Expect change
- Keep calm should your loved one become frustrated or angry
- Make sure to care for yourself as well
- Do not take over
- See the person first, not the illness
- Develop daily routines
It is also important to note that Alzheimer’s disease is going to get progressively worse as memory deteriorates, and in the advanced stages your loved one will most likely need around-the-clock care. In some instances it may be more beneficial for your loved one to move to a living facility or a nursing home. Taking the time to plan ahead and think about these possibilities can make it easier to make these types of decisions when it is time.
Why Consider Treatment at Red River
Men or women who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will slowly get worse over time as the disease progresses. At times an individual with Alzheimer’s disease may display changes in personality becoming increasingly irritable or isolated. Some individuals may develop depression or severe anxiety. Eventually in the later stages of this disease an individual may not able to take care of themselves and will need assistance in all aspects of life. As previously stated there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but with proper medication and therapeutic interventions some of the symptoms will be able to be managed. This is why it is important to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible so it can be properly managed at home.
Inpatient treatment programs are known to be very successful at helping individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease come to terms with their diagnosis and process the many emotions they are likely experiencing. An inpatient program can help educate the patient as well as the family about this disease and what to expect during the latter stages. Additionally, medication management can be put into place and coping skills can be taught that can help control symptoms for as long as possible. During the later stages of the disease an inpatient program can help everyone cope with this difficult time and help identify the best placement for the patient that will provide them with the constant care and support they need.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
When you or a loved one is in crisis, or when life has simply spiraled out of control, the staff at Red River Hospital wants you to know that we are here to help. We strive to understand the point of view of others and actively express encouragement as individuals work towards achieving their goals. At Red River, we take responsibility for treating each and every person who comes through our doors with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves. By providing structured programming and implementing individualized treatment plans for each patient, we aim to show everyone how they can succeed. We surround patients with every facet of information that they need to get better.
Types of Treatment Offered at Red River
Upon arriving at Red River Hospital you will be greeted by one of our intake specialists who will arrange for you to complete a comprehensive assessment and answer any questions that you may have. The intake assessment is conducted by a licensed professional and then reviewed by a team member or supervisor, in order to confirm admission. Once approved the physician is contacted and the admissions process begins. All patients benefit from a dedicated psychiatric staff and multidisciplinary treatment team who provide current medical management and therapies that encompass all patient’s needs. Some of the therapeutic techniques we use may include:
Detoxification: When patients come to Red River and are struggling with chemical dependency concerns, we provide a 5-7 day stay in our detox unit. During detox everyone receives 24-hour nurse monitoring as all toxic substances are removed from the body. To learn more about our detoxification process please see the detox program page.
Medication management: Medication is most often used in the treatment as it can help individuals more effectively manage the Alzheimer’s symptoms they are facing. Additionally, medication may be used to treat the symptoms of a co-occurring disorder or the presence of behavioral problems. All patients are seen daily by a psychiatrist in order to ensure the effectiveness of the medication and to make any changes that may be required.
Group therapy: Our inpatient treatment programs are group-focused and a number of different groups are held each day. Some of the major topics covered in group sessions may include effective communication skills, conflict resolution, anger management, appropriate assertive behavior skills, and medication management. Those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease will most likely be placed on our progressive care unit and will receive additional groups and activities in order to assist in reality orientation.
Family therapy: At Red River, we encourage family involvement as much as possible throughout the treatment process for each unit. We see each disorder as family disorder because these illnesses can also have a negative impact on the lives of each patient’s family members. Through family involvement we can help caregivers learn to be more supportive toward their loved ones and help make necessary changes at home that will lead to a successful recovery and help prevent the patient from needing to return to inpatient care.
Individual therapy: Individual sessions occur on an as-needed basis for all units except our military unit where patients have a minimum of one individual therapy session each week.
Recreational therapy occurs at least once per day and includes activities such as yoga and physical therapy.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Red River Hospital, discharge planning begins the moment the patient enters the hospital. This is done to ensure the transition process to the next level of care is as smooth as possible. The discharge plan is consistently reviewed and updated throughout the individual’s stay so that when the time for discharge arrives the patient is already set up for the next step in his or her recovery process. Prior to discharge each patient is referred for outpatient medication management and therapy services. We encourage all patients to step-down into our outpatient program, which provides a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). At Red River, our outpatient program Pathways provides onsite therapy, supervised medication management, and coping skills to those who are in need of a structured plan to return to life’s daily routines. Pathways offers support to those who are clearing the path to emotional wellness and it is our goal to help patients start to rebuild their lives. In some instances an individual is going to require 24 hour care and will no longer be able to return home. If this is the case we will work with you and your loved ones to determine the most appropriate placement.
Helping Seniors for 40+ Years
Our location in Wichita Falls allows for convenient access to residents of South Oklahoma cities like Lawton and Duncan in addition to nearby Texas cities like Burkburnett. Call the number below to begin the process of recovery.