Alzheimer’s disease is a disruptive and distressing condition that is characterized by the development of progressively more severe cognitive and behavioral impairments. Major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease will slowly rob individuals of their memory, learning capacity, motor skills, language ability, and other essential functions. The cognitive deficits that are symptomatic of major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease will have increasingly greater impacts on a person’s ability to participate in virtually all aspects of a healthy, productive, and satisfying life. Alzheimer’s disease inexorably leads to dementia and death.
At Westend Hospital, we understand the devastation that can result from major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease, and we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to individuals whose lives have been disrupted by this disease. While no cure currently exists, we have developed specialized programming that can enhance the quality of life for adult men and women who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
The devastation of Alzheimer’s disease is not limited to the afflicted individual. For family members and friends, watching this disease exact its toll on a loved one can be excruciating. Though the situation may seem hopeless, there are steps that family members or close friends can take to improve the quality of their loved one’s life. If someone you love has been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, please consider the following:
- Educate yourself. The words “Alzheimer’s disease” can provoke powerful negative emotions, but it is important that you act on facts, not fears or feelings. The science of identifying and treating Alzheimer’s disease continues to advance, and it is important for you to gain a basic understanding of the most recent advances.
- Research treatment. As indicated in the previous bullet point, advances continue to be made in the effort to understand both how Alzheimer’s disease develops, and how this development can be delayed. A variety of factors, including your loved one’s age, his or her medical history, and the progression of the disease may influence which types of treatment are most promising.
- Visit programs. Talk to staff members. Tour facilities. Speak with family members of others who have been treated at the programs you are considering. Remember that there is no such thing as a perfect treatment program; instead, what you should be looking for is a program that best meets your loved one’s specific needs and is prepared to deliver clinically superior care with the compassion and respect that your loved one deserves.
- Be positive but realistic. The harsh truth is that no cure currently exists for Alzheimer’s disease. Set appropriate expectations for yourself and others who care about your loved one. Understand that what constitutes a successful treatment experience may vary widely depending upon your loved one’s current condition.
Also, get help for yourself. Hopefully you have other family members or close friends who are working with you to care for your loved one. Regardless, you may also want to look into counseling, therapy, or support organizations for yourself. Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease can be extremely stressful. It is important that you tend to your own physical and mental health needs so that you have the strength and clarity that are necessary to help your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Westend Hospital
It is no secret that or major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease can have a profound negative impact on virtually all aspects of an individual’s life. This disease, which robs people of their physical and mental health, is nothing short of devastating. The powerful nature of this disorder does not mean that professional treatment should not be sought. The rate at which the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease will progress may vary depending upon a variety of factors, one of which is the presence of effective professional treatment. As it currently stands, Alzheimer’s disease will eventually erode a person’s ability to form and recall memories, learn, participate in conversations, think clearly, care for him- or herself, and otherwise participate in the most basic functions of a healthy and satisfying life. However, with effective professional treatment such as the care that is available at Westend Hospital, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease can experience a significant improvement in quality of life.
Types of Treatment Offered at Westend Hospital
At Westend Hospital, we are proud to provide life-changing treatment to adults ages 30 and above who are struggling with a range of mental health disorders, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and depression.
When a man or women enters Westend Hospital for the treatment of major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease, he or she can expect to receive world-class clinical services, to be provided with an individualized treatment plan that has been designed specifically to meet his or her unique needs, and to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Throughout an individual’s time at Westend Hospital, he or she will work closely with talented and compassionate professionals who will be focused on monitoring his or her progress and offering the personalized care that will alleviate his or her symptoms and improve his or her quality of life.
While an individual is receiving care for major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease at Westend Hospital, the following elements may be incorporated into her his or her treatment plan:
Medication management: The symptoms of certain mental health disorders respond well to treatment with prescription medications. If a client is experiencing a disorder or disorders that may be treated with such medications, he or she can receive effective and responsive medication management services while being treated at Westend Hospital. Services provided to medication management clients include three weekly meetings with a psychiatrist as well as round-the-clock nursing supervision and care.
Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions between a client and his or her therapist can provide invaluable opportunities for individuals to process successes and setbacks, discuss issues related to the treatment of major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease, and address matters that the client may be unwilling to bring up during group therapy sessions. At Westend, individual therapy sessions are conducted on an as-needed basis based upon the preferences of each client and the determinations of his or her treatment team.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a foundational element of treatment at Westend Hospital. During group therapy sessions, clients who have been struggling with major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease have the opportunity to share their thoughts and insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice healthy interpersonal communication skills, all under the guidance and supervision of experienced professionals. At Westend Hospital, group therapy sessions may be led by a nurse, social worker, or activity therapist. Groups are held on a daily basis. While the specific content of any group will be influenced by the contributions of group members, the following are among the general topics that may be addressed:
- Anger management
- Coping skills
- Grief therapy
- Medication compliance and management
- Relapse prevention
- Stress management
Activity therapy: Clients who are being treated for major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease at Westend Hospital also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activity therapy sessions. Activity therapy features several innovative and interactive techniques that can help individuals to manage their symptoms. Activity therapy also offers customized instruction in how to make the healthiest and most productive use of a client’s leisure time, and provides clients with new skills that they can develop and enjoy long after they have returned home.
Family therapy: At Westend Hospital, we are keenly aware of the impact that a client’s struggles with major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease can have on loved ones, and we also understand the essential role that family members can play in a client’s continued progress during and after he or she is in treatment with us. For these reasons, we are proud to provide family therapy sessions on an as-needed basis. Conducted by an experienced social worker, family therapy sessions allow loved ones to address personal concerns, strengthen familial bonds, and learn how best to support the client’s continued healing after he or she has returned home.
The goal of Westend Hospital is to provide clients who have been struggling with major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease with the assessments, treatment, and continuing support that they need, based upon their unique strengths, needs, and goals. To learn more about our programming, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if Westend Hospital is the perfect place for you or someone you care about.