Dementia is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that include a loss of mental skills that affect the daily life of an individual who has been diagnosed. Dementia causes problems with a person’s memory, how well he or she is able to think, and how effectively he or she is able to reason. While it starts off slow, dementia progresses, gradually getting worse over time. While there is no cure for dementia, there are treatments available that are able to reduce some of the symptoms and may also slow the progression of the disease.
Rolling Hills Hospital is a private acute inpatient psychiatric care center for adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and intellectually disabled patients who are struggling with a variety of mental health and chemical dependency problems. Located in the rural town of Ada, Oklahoma, our treatment hospital is situated on a serene landscape, which enables us to provide confidential care in a tranquil environment. Rolling Hills has been a leader in behavioral healthcare since 1988, which means that we have years of experience working with all types of patients, facing all types of challenges. More specifically, for our older patients, the geriatric unit at Rolling Hills focuses on the assessment and stabilization of elderly patients who are experiencing behavioral and/or psychological dysfunction.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
There is nothing that can prepare you for learning that your loved one has been diagnosed with a form of dementia. If you do not know much about dementia right now, there are likely thousands of different questions running through your mind. This is why it is important to learn as much as you can about this illness so that you will not only know what to expect, but you will have a better idea as to what the best long-term options are for you and your loved one. Below are some tips that may be helpful:
- Establish a daily routine for your loved one
- Keep communication short, simple, and clear
- Keep a constant sense of structure and familiarity around your loved one
- Involve your loved one in daily activities as much as he or she is able
- Plan activities and arrange for visitors
- Consider long-term care, including in-home help or day activities
- Realize when your loved one’s demand are more than you are able to handle
- Take some time out for yourself
Why Consider Treatment at Rolling Hills Hospital
Despite what many people may believe, dementia is much more than forgetfulness. While memory problems are one of the largest components of dementia, those suffering from this illness also have difficulties with communication, have emotional struggles, and often present with a number of behavioral complications. In many cases, caregivers are surprised to find that their loved one suddenly has problems in many different areas of life, especially if, originally, only memory issues were present. Over time, those with dementia may act differently, striking out when they are scared or are no longer able to take care of themselves. They may no longer be able to recognize where they are, or even who they are.
For most forms of dementia, there is not a cure. However, there are medications and therapies available that may be able to slow the rate at which symptoms worsen, while also helping to control behavioral problems. In many instances, an inpatient treatment center is the most optimal option for treatment when an individual has been newly diagnosed with dementia or is displaying behavioral difficulties. An inpatient clinic can help stabilize an individual, providing him or her with medication to control presenting symptoms and getting him or her started on the right path to recovery. An inpatient clinic can also provide patients and their family members with information regarding their condition and what is to be expected so that they are better able to plan for the future.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Rolling Hills Hospital, it is our mission to provide superior behavioral healthcare services to the people, communities, and hospitals we serve. Our core values focus on honesty and fairness, treating people as we wish to be treated, and providing a level of care we would want for our own family members. It is our goal to evaluate and stabilize any psychiatric disorder or substance abuse issue while also increasing each patient’s level of functioning within the community. An experienced psychiatrist leads our team, which also include psychologists, nurses, licensed therapists, social workers, certified nurse aids, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and other healthcare professionals within the hospital setting.
Types of Treatment Offered at Rolling Hills Hospital
At Rolling Hills, we maintain a treatment team of professionals dedicated to providing high-quality care to each and every person who comes to us. All treatment regimens are individualized to meet each patient’s particular needs and are stated in measurable terms within the patient’s treatment plan. Most of our services use a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, but our various treatment options also offer additional therapeutic interventions in order to meet ongoing needs. For our geriatric unit, therapy focuses more on orientation therapy and remembrance therapy as many of our older population suffers from dementia or confusion problems. Additional methods that may be included as part of your treatment plan can include:
Medication management: At Rolling Hills, each one of our patient sees our psychiatrist, who is experienced in treating the needs and addressing the challenges that are unique to older adults, at least three times a week for evaluation and medication management. All patients will be thoroughly evaluated and monitored throughout the course of treatment. Additionally, we work closely with the local hospital and, if needed, patients can be transferred there for medical care.
Individual therapy: All of our patients engage in individual therapy on a weekly basis. These sessions are held on a one-to-one basis with patients and their therapist and occur at least one hour per week. Additional sessions can be added as needed or requested.
Group therapy: Here at Rolling Hills, we offer a number of different process and expressive groups on a weekly basis. Each morning, those in our geriatric unit start the day with an orientation group and then participate in other groups throughout the day that may cover topics such as confusion, aggression, and coping skills.
Family therapy: Family therapy is an important part of the treatment process and is held at least once a week for each one of our patients. Additionally, family members are encouraged to attend regular treatment meetings.
In addition to these therapeutic methods, Rolling Hills Hospital also provides a number of other services that patients may participate in during their stay with us. Such services include:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapies (including art, music, pet therapy, and tai chi)
- Emotions anonymous
Continued Care and Levels of Treatment
At Rolling Hills Hospital in Ada, OK, discharge planning begins at the time of admission and is continuously reevaluated throughout the patient’s stay in order to help ensure a smooth transition when his or her stay with us has come to an end. All discharge plans will be discussed at least once a week with family members, the centers where patients have come from, and with patients themselves. When you are ready to transition to the next level of care, we will do everything we can to make sure the appropriate plans are put in place to ensure full, successful continuity of care. In instances where an older adult will need a new placement upon leaving Rolling Hills, we will work closely with the patient and the family to determine the most appropriate placement for meeting his or her current needs. We know that this can be a difficult process and we are here to help you in any way we can.