Alzheimer’s disease is a neurocognitive disorder that is typically characterized by the presence of disturbed cognitive processes, dysfunctional behaviors, and significant memory problems. Because it is a degenerative disease, those who are suffering from this illness may start by experiencing mild symptoms but, as the disease progresses, those symptoms will likely become more severe. The presence of Alzheimer’s disease can cause monumental strife in the lives of those who are suffering from it, as well as in the lives of those around them. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can help these individuals manage their symptoms and receive the support that they need.
At Crestwyn Behavioral Health, we recognize the devastation that Alzheimer’s disease can cause, especially when treatment is not received. For this reason, we offer individuals who are suffering from this illness the comprehensive care that they need in order to live life to its fullest potential. By engaging in the treatment offered here at Crestwyn, an individual does not have to face this disease alone.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Learning that a family member or loved one has Alzheimer’s disease can be extremely distressing. Knowing that your loved one will experience so much strife can not only be profoundly upsetting, but also extremely worrisome. You may be fearful not only for your loved one’s future, but for yours as well. You may also be feeling desperate to find ways in which you can help your loved one. Consider the following:
- Take the time to learn all that you can about Alzheimer’s disease, including the signs, symptoms, and effects of the illness. Arming yourself with such knowledge can be the first step towards acceptance.
- Learn about the different types of treatment that can be of most benefit to individuals who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Researching reputable websites and reading literature on the topic can be great sources of information.
- Speak with your loved one’s physician. He or she will be able to provide you with the most in-depth information that you need to know, and will also be able to provide referrals for further medical and psychiatric care.
- Research treatment centers in your or your loved one’s area that provide treatment for those who are battling Alzheimer’s disease.
- Determine who will be involved in helping to care for your loved one.
- Work with other family members and develop daily routines for your loved one so that he or she can become accustomed to partaking in them. Doing so can help your loved one to not be overwhelmed as the disease progresses.
- Engage your loved one in games and tasks that serve to boost memory.
- In conjunction with other family members, as well as with your loved one, decide who will be in charge of making financial and healthcare decisions once your loved one is no longer able to do so on his or her own.
- Also in conjunction with family members, determine where your loved one will live once he or she is no longer able to care for him or herself independently. It is important to include your loved one in this conversation so that he or she does not feel as though he or she has completely lost control.
Lastly, do all that you can to remain patient and understanding. It can be extremely overwhelming to care for an individual who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and it is important that you allow others to help and that you do things to maintain your own health and wellbeing.
Why Consider Treatment at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
When an individual is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the progression of the illness can cause him or her to become incapable of functioning independently. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease will also begin to experience changes and disturbances in their behaviors and emotions as well. Aggression, changes in personality and temperament, and language and communication hindrances can all impact the lives of individuals who are suffering from this illness. The world essentially becomes a different place to individuals who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, causing things that were once familiar to them to suddenly seem unfamiliar. Permanent memory loss can plague them, and a disorientation of person, place, time, and/or situations can be frequent. Furthermore, Alzheimer’s disease can cause an individual to lose the ability to recognize loved ones, which can be especially devastating for those in his or her life. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, by receiving appropriate medical treatment, psychiatric care, and therapeutic interventions, individuals can receive ongoing support and successfully achieve a high quality of life.
Types of Treatment Offered at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Conveniently located in the Memphis suburb of Germantown in Tennessee, Crestwyn Behavioral Health is a pioneering provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment. With care options designed for men and women aged 18 and older who are battling the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other mental health and chemical dependency concerns, this hospital supplies exemplary acute care that incorporates the latest behavioral health practices. Given its serene environment that overlooks a tranquil cove engulfed in luscious landscaping, Crestwyn is where healing can truly be achieved.
In choosing Crestwyn as the place to receive mental health and substance abuse treatment, patients can benefit from state-of-the-art amenities that include idyllic courtyards and a large gymnasium for recreation. Additionally, the dedicated professionals who administer care treat patients with a high regard for their individual healing journeys. Board-certified psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, activity therapists, and nurses work closely with patients to offer support and to determine which interventions will garner the most favorable treatment outcomes. These same staff members possess specialized training, including training in Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), so that they are equipped to care for any and all concerns that patients may require treatment for.
Upon admission to this high quality hospital, those who are in need of care to manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease will receive fully customized treatment plans that can include the following methods of care as part of their comprehensive treatment experience at Crestwyn:
Detoxification: If an individual comes to Crestwyn suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and a chemical dependency problem, he or she will be able to receive top notch detoxification services at our hospital. These services allow patients to have the toxic substances that they are addicted to cleared from their systems so that they are able to focus on other aspects of their care. The expertly trained members of our medical staff supervise this type of treatment and are steadfast in their dedication to preserving the health and safety of those entrusted into our care.
Medication management: For some, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may necessitate pharmaceutical intervention in order to alleviate strife that cannot otherwise be alleviated when an individual’s coping skills are inadequate. When this is the case, and a patient comes to us for treatment, medication management services may be incorporated into the individual’s personalized treatment plan. Our exemplary psychiatrists are able to assess the need for psychotropic medication, can prescribe medication, and can meet with patients daily when necessary. Additionally, our compassionate team of nurse practitioners and nurses aid in the administration of any medications that are prescribed.
Individual therapy: So as to afford patients with the opportunity to openly process their feelings, experiences, and emotions in a safe, confidential environment, Crestwyn offers individual therapy sessions to those who choose to heal at our hospital. During these sessions, which are held daily or on an as-needed basis, patients can discuss their progress with their assigned primary counselor as they learn to manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Group therapy: When suffering from the unmanaged symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, many individuals often feel as though they are alone in their struggles. For this reason, we, at Crestwyn Behavioral Health, are pleased to provide group therapy opportunities at our hospital. Held daily and led by counselors, nurses, and mental health technicians, various community, psychoeducation, and 12-Step recovery groups are offered to all patients. These sessions allows patients to come together, share their experiences, provide and receive support, practice skills they are learning, and discuss the following topics in a setting that is safe and conducive to healing:
- Treatment options
- Medication support
- Healthy relationships
- Recovery skills
- Anger management
- Suicide prevention
Family therapy: Mental health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, have the ability to impact the lives of those closest to the individuals who are grappling with such concerns. Given this fact, treatment at Crestwyn features family therapy sessions for those who come for care. Depending on the patient’s individual needs and the patient’s loved ones’ ability to get to our hospital, these sessions can be part of a person’s healing experience at Crestwyn. We purposefully offer these sessions so that healing can begin within our patients’ primary support networks and so that the friends and family members of those we treat can learn how to best support the person they care about.
Every facet of care at Crestwyn Behavioral Health is customized to meet the needs of those who come for treatment. Additionally, and because we want to fully prepare our patients for returning to their respective communities, we plan for their discharge from the moment they begin receiving services. Our staff works closely with patients, and their families when necessary, to determine the continuing care options that will enable the men and women we treat to achieve optimal healing as they work to manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
If you or an important person in your life is in need of exceptional treatment to manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, improve the quality of life, and prevent further need for hospitalization, look no further than Crestwyn Behavioral Health. Here, people of all ages are able to develop the confidence and skills needed to live healthier, more productive, and more satisfying lives that are no longer compromised by mental health and substance use concerns.
Call us today and let our caring intake team help you or your loved one determine if Crestwyn is where a brighter tomorrow can happen.