Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer's Treatment Overview

Learn more about Alzheimer’s treatment at TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN

Dementia involves a potentially devastating series of symptoms that erode a variety of cognitive and physical capabilities, including memory, problem-solving, organization, communication, motor functioning, and self-care. Most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia can also result from stroke, head injury, nerve damage, and several other diseases and events. Depending upon the cause of a person’s dementia, the symptoms may or may not be reversible. In cases of irreversible symptoms, such as when dementia results of Alzheimer’s disease, treatment can delay their onset, slow their progression, and otherwise provide for improved quality of life for a longer period of time than would otherwise be possible.

At TrustPoint Hospital, we have considerable experience working with men and women whose lives have been impacted by dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or other causes. Our specialized programming, which is provided by trained compassionate professionals, enables individuals who are struggling with dementia to experience the greatest degree of cognitive and physical functioning for the longest period of time.

Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for Alzheimer’s

When a loved one is struggling with dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or as the result of another cause, it is easy to think that the situation is hopeless. However, this is not the case. Depending upon the cause of the individual’s dementia, treatment may be able to delay, prevent, or even reverse certain symptoms. If your loved one is experiencing symptoms of dementia, please consider the following:

First, educate yourself on the signs, symptoms, and possible causes of dementia. It is important to understand that, though dementia is unfortunately common among older adults, this is not a normal part of the aging process, and treatment can be extremely beneficial. The more you understand about the nature of this problem, the better prepared you will be to provide meaningful support.

Research the types of treatment that have helped others who were suffering from dementia, and identify programs that provide the type and level of care that matches your loved one’s needs.

Ensure that your loved one is assessed by a qualified healthcare provider. Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia demand professional evaluation and diagnosis. Identifying the cause of the symptoms that your loved one is experiencing is an essential step in ensuring that he or she gets the most appropriate and effective treatment.

Involve your loved one in the process of identifying and selecting treatment programs if you can. Depending upon the nature and severity of his or her symptoms, this may, understandably, not be possible. However, empowering your loved one to play an active role in this endeavor to the degree that he or she is capable may yield positive results in both the short and long-term.

Be sure to get support for yourself, too. Enlisting a few trusted friends or close family members to help you conduct research and find programs can alleviate stress, and it may also be valuable to speak to a therapist our counselor. Maintaining your own physical and mental health is essential in order for you to be the most effective source of support for your loved one.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider Alzheimer’s treatment at TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN

Without proper care, a person who is suffering from dementia will experience negative effects and outcomes that can range from profound to catastrophic. Dementia can rob a person of his or her ability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, communicate effectively with others, care for him or herself, and otherwise maintain a satisfying and productive lifestyle. Symptoms of dementia can make it impossible for a person to work, maintain financial viability, enjoy leisure activities, or even live independently. Dementia, whether the result of Alzheimer’s disease or due to another cause, can put a person at risk for physical harm due to diminished motor functionality and impaired cognition. Without effective treatment, a person who has been struggling with dementia is likely to experience an increase in the number and severity of symptoms. However, with proper care, symptoms of dementia can be delayed or even reversed, and the individual can experience improved quality of life.

Types of Treatment

Types of Alzheimer’s Treatment at TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN

Located on a 17-acre campus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, TrustPoint Hospital is an acute care treatment center that is dedicated to providing exceptional care to patients who are in need of immediate treatment to address the symptoms of dementia that is related to Alzheimer’s disease or other causes. With a steadfast mission to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families, our highly qualified and experienced staff members ensure that all patients receive care that is safe, efficient, reliable, and elicits lasting results. At TrustPoint, we deliver patient-centered treatment that addresses individuals uniquely, helping them to achieve their recovery goals, while receiving the compassion, integrity, honesty, and trust that they deserve.

At TrustPoint, our behavioral healthcare treatment program is separated into three distinct units. These units include the Adult Behavioral Health Unit, the Adult Affective Disorders Unit, and the Senior Psychiatry Unit. Individuals ages 18 and older who are suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or mood disorders will receive treatment in the Adult Affective Disorders Unit, while individuals who are suffering from thought disorders or other co-occurring disorders will be treated on the Adult Behavioral Health Unit. Individuals aged 65 and older who are suffering from behavioral disturbances as they relate to dementia or other cognitive disorders will receive care on the Senior Psychiatry Unit.

During the admissions process, prospective patients will participate in a thorough assessment so that pertinent information can be gathered, including the symptoms that are present that indicate the need for treatment. The information provided will help clinicians determine what the most appropriate level of care will be for meeting that individual’s specific needs. Included in that determination will be which unit will best help the patient achieve his or her recovery goals.

When patients receive care in any of TrustPoint’s units, including those who are receiving care for dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or another cause, they are given a thoroughly individualized treatment plan in order to ensure that their particular needs and concerns are appropriately addressed. The following therapeutic interventions may be incorporated into these treatment plans:

Medication management: Patients who are struggling with symptoms related to psychiatric concerns, including those associated with dementia, often benefit from the implementation of certain psychotropic medications. The prescribing of any medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Individuals who are taking medication will have the opportunity to meet with a psychiatrist, Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP), physician, and/or nurse practitioner on an ongoing basis for medication management services.

Individual therapy: Licensed practitioners provide individual therapy on an as-needed basis to patients who are receiving treatment for the symptoms of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or other causes. Most individual counseling sessions occur with a social worker, and the frequency of those sessions will be determined based on each individual’s clinical need.

Group therapy: Group therapy sessions can be of immense benefit to individuals who are suffering from the symptoms of dementia. Group sessions are held throughout the day and are conducted by social worker, nursing, or adjunct staff members. Social work and nursing groups are either didactic or process-oriented, depending on the patient population and the clinical needs of those participating in the group. The topics discussed during the group therapy sessions will vary, but may include the following:

  • Medication management
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger management
  • Disease / disorder education
  • Relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Stress management
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Guilt and shame

Family therapy: When an individual is suffering from dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or another cause, including his or her family members into treatment can often be extremely beneficial. When doing so is deemed clinically appropriate for a patient, family therapy sessions will be scheduled on an as-needed basis. These sessions are led by a qualified and experienced social worker.

Experiential therapy: In order to support a holistic approach to treatment when patients are learning to manage the symptoms of dementia, the staff at TrustPoint has found that incorporating experiential therapies into the overall plans of care can be helpful in the recovery and healing process. The types of experiential therapies that patients may participate in during their time at TrustPoint can include the following:

  • Music therapy
  • Role-playing
  • Aroma therapy
  • Outside physical activity when appropriate

The typical length of stay in the Affective Disorder and Behavioral Health Units is between seven and 10 days, while those receiving care in the Senior Psychiatry Unit typically stay for 10 to 14 days. The exact amount of time that a patient will spend at TrustPoint, however, is always based solely on his or her clinical needs.

Because TrustPoint hospital delivers acute care to those in need, we recognize how important the discharge process is. In order to ensure that patients remain successful in the recovery gains that they have made while in our care, we strive to set up appropriate continuing care options for them that will best meet their ongoing needs. During a patient’s stay, an interdisciplinary team meeting is held so as to discuss and formulate a discharge plan and set up options for ongoing care services. The information is then presented to the patient and his or her family members.

If you or a loved one is suffering from dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or another cause and could benefit from comprehensive care in order to stabilize, handle crises, and/or learn how to better manage symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact the caring and compassionate staff at TrustPoint Hospital. You or your loved one’s suffering can end today.

I was a patient at TrustPoint Hospital and while I was there I noticed that I spoke to medical professionals about my condition on a regular basis because they made themselves available to me regularly. The staff truly advocate for the improvement of your mental state by designing the care to fit your needs.

– a former resident