Contrary to what some may believe, dementia is not a specific disease, but is a term used to describe a group of symptoms that affect thinking and social abilities severely enough to impact daily functioning. When an individual has dementia, it is an indication that there are problems with at least two brain functions, such as memory loss, impaired judgment or language, or an inability to perform certain daily activities. Dementia can cause an individual to become confused or be unable to recall people’s names, and may even lead to changes in personality and social behavior. There are many different kinds of dementia, some of which can be treated, and some of which are even reversible.
At Red River Hospital, 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. The staff at Red River wants you to know that we are here to offer you comfort and support while you work through this scary time. We will do everything we can to give you the tools that you need to lead the highest quality of life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a loved one who has some form of dementia, it is likely that he or she will rely heavily on you for support and care. As time goes on, your loved one will experience a progression of symptoms and he or she may have an increase in behavioral problems. If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia, here are some suggestions that can be of help to your loved one:
- Enhance communication: When you talk to your loved one, be sure that you speak slowly and clearly so that he or she is able to understand you. Present only one bit of information at a time.
- Encourage exercise: Exercise is beneficial to those with dementia because it can help improve strength and cardiovascular health. Some research has shown that physical activity may also slow the progression of impaired thinking.
- Encourage participation in games and other thinking activities: Participating in games and other activities in which one is using cognitive skills may help to slow cognitive decline.
- Establish a nighttime ritual: It has been shown that behavior problems tend to be worse at night, so it may help to establish going-to-bed rituals that are calming to your loved one.
- Keep a calendar: Keep a reminder calendar that can help your loved one remember important dates, appointments, and medication schedules.
- Plan for the future: Take the time to develop a plan for your loved one that identifies goals for future care. It is also important to discuss financial and legal issues, safety and daily living concerns, and long-term care options.
Why Consider Treatment at Red River
When someone has dementia, it can affect the functioning of many different systems in the body and, as a result, impact the ability to effectively carry out day-to-day tasks. Additionally, dementia can lead to a number of different problem, such as poor nutrition, lack of proper hygiene, and a deterioration of overall emotional health. Those with dementia may also begin to experience delusions or hallucinations, have difficulty communicating, and have personal safety issues. While most types of dementia cannot be cured through treatment, it is still important to seek professional help in order to help manage one’s symptoms. Many times treatment may help slow or minimize the development of symptoms.
One of the most beneficial options for individuals with dementia is to enter into an inpatient treatment program. These types of programs are known to be very successful at helping individuals who have been diagnosed with dementia cope with their diagnosis and work through any emotions that they may be struggling with as a result of that diagnosis. An inpatient program can help educate the patient, as well as his or her family, about this disease and what to expect as it progresses. 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 dementia, an inpatient program can help everyone cope with this difficult time and help identify the best placement for patients 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 patients’ needs. Some of the therapeutic techniques we use for dementia 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 usually used for the treatment of dementia because it has been known to help individuals more effectively manage their symptoms. 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 dementia will most likely be placed on our progressive care unit and will receive additional groups and activities that are designed to assist in reality orientation.
Family therapy: At Red River, we encourage family involvement as much as possible throughout the treatment process on each unit. We see each disorder as family disorder because these illnesses can have a negative impact on the lives of each patient’s family members. By keeping family members actively involved, 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 that the transition process to the next level of care goes as smoothly 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 will 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 in Texas and Oklahoma for 40+ Years
Our location in Wichita Falls allows us to conveniently help residents of South Oklahoma cities like Duncan and Lawton in addition to nearby North Texas cities like Burkburnett. Call the number below to begin the process of recovery.