Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, can cause devastating effects for those who struggle with it. Additionally, for friends and loved ones, it can be heart-breaking to watch someone they care for decline as the symptoms of Alzheimer’s cause a person to deteriorate over time. Extensive research on Alzheimer’s has produced a number of viable treatment options that can slow this disease’s progression and preserve the mental state of sufferers. Without treatment, however, those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can experience severe memory impairment, loss of communication skills, hindered motor capabilities, and a number of damaging effects to physical health. Effective treatment can slow or even prevent these effects and allow those who have Alzheimer’s disease maintain a good quality of life.
Shaker Clinic is a premier provider of psychiatric care for adults and seniors who are in need of assistance while facing emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral concerns. Located in Shaker Heights, an eastern suburb of Ohio, Shaker Clinic has been successfully providing outpatient and community-based services for the past 12 years. With a strong emphasis placed on cultural sensitivity, our caring and compassionate staff is multilingual, allowing us to meet the needs of a vast population. With the goal of helping our clients maintain independence, avoid hospitalization, find relief from their symptoms, and maximize their overall quality of life, the staff at Shaker Clinic currently serves over 1,000 clients and provides approximately 120 in-home visits each day. Although we can serve younger adult clients at the discretion of our medical director, the typical patient population treated at Shaker Clinic consists of senior adults, aged 65 and over. By providing comprehensive diagnoses, treatments, and follow-up care, we will help you or your loved one return to daily life with improved coping skills, conflict resolution skills, and a heightened sense of self-worth. At Shaker Clinic, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Seeking care for a loved one who is battling Alzheimer’s disease can be extremely beneficial as appropriate treatment can slow the progression of this condition. You may wonder what you can do before and during your loved one’s treatment. Below are some things that can greatly improve the life of a family member who is working to overcome and slow the symptoms of this form of dementia:
- Develop daily routines that have consistency
- Work with your loved one on tasks that boost memory
- Be patient and understanding
- Remain supportive
- Once engaged in treatment, be part of your loved one’s care
- Seek guidance from the professionals who are helping your loved one
- Seek additional support if needed
Lastly, it is also important to remember that you need to take care of yourself as well. As Alzheimer’s progresses, your loved one may require more assistance with his or her daily living. Therefore, if you are your loved one’s primary caregiver, it is crucial that you find ways to relax and de-stress.
Why Consider Treatment at Shaker Clinic
In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, there are a number of options for care that can benefit the lives of sufferers. Outpatient treatment, for example, can help individuals with Alzheimer’s learn valuable tools for slowing memory impairment. Mental health professionals in this type of setting can also work with family members by offering support and resources for when symptoms of this disease become more severe.
Additionally, home-based services can provide a great deal of support when sufferers are in the more advanced stages of this disease. These types of services allow sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease the ability to receive effective care in the comfort of their homes. Home-based services also afford family members the support they need when it comes to making decisions for more long-term care for their loved ones who are struggling with this degenerative form of dementia.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Shaker Clinic, we are devoted to being an ever-improving care facility, consistently redefining the way that mental health care is delivered and received. Our mission is to set ourselves apart from our competitors by offering individualized, superior care that improves the quality of life for our patients, while also providing a reliable resource for the community. We will continue to be a leader in developing and maintaining distinct, effective mental health disease management through partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals, as well as through the application of technology and, most importantly, through the extension of our services from our treatment center to the home. At Shaker Clinic, we are devoted to improving the lives of each and every person who entrusts us with his or her care.
Types of Treatment Offered at Shaker Clinic
The staff at Shaker Clinic strives to provide top-of-the-line, quality outpatient and in-home mental health services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual that we treat. We recognize that each patient that we see has unique needs that must be explored and will be addressed throughout the development of one’s individualized service plan (ISP). The ISP is a written agreement between Shaker Clinic and the patient that describes, in detail, all of the services that will be provided. The implementation of the ISP allows for a collaborative process to occur between the patient and provider through the involvement of monitoring and evaluating goals, objectives, and interventions, while also showing the progress of treatment as issues are identified and treated. Additionally, the ISP assures continual communication between the patient and provider, while also encouraging each patient to take personal responsibility for obtaining his or her own treatment goals.
In order to provide the most comprehensive care available, Shaker Clinic offers the following services:
Mental health evaluation: To ensure that each and every need is addressed and met, a thorough clinical evaluation is provided for each patient in order to assess the individual’s needs, concerns, and present level of functioning. Based on the results of this evaluation, the appropriate services and treatment recommendations will be determined and presented to the patient. The recommendations will be based on the identification of the presenting problem, the evaluation of one’s mental status, and the formulation of a diagnostic impression.
Medication management: As part of our goal to guarantee the improved functioning of our patients, as well as to ensure the successful, consistent management and reduction of symptoms, we provide ongoing medication management to all patients who need it. This service provides psychiatric and medical interventions that are implemented in order to reduce, stabilize, and/or eliminate the symptoms that patients are plagued by as a result of their psychiatric struggles.
Behavioral health counseling and therapy: This component of treatment focuses on directly addressing the patient’s mental illness or emotional disturbance. These sessions primarily occur one-on-one between a patient and therapist, however, family members or guardians may be included when specified as part of the patient’s individualized service plan. These counseling services consist of a series of time-limited, structured sessions that work towards the attainment of mutually defined goals.
Community psychiatric supportive treatment (CPST): The intent of CPST is to provide specific, measurable, and individualized services to each patient. In order to do so, we focus specifically on our patients’ abilities to succeed in the community by assisting individuals in identifying and accessing needed services, guiding them as they show improvement in work functioning and family relationships, and aiding them as they integrate back into the community and become contributing members of society.
At Shaker Clinic, we take great strides to ensure that each and every patient is provided with thorough, intensive case management so as to guarantee that all needs are consistently and properly being met throughout the course of treatment. Our staff will work with you until your needs have been addressed, your concerns have subsided, your symptoms are managed, and your treatment goals have been met. We will collaborate with other agencies when your time with us is complete if a different type or level of care is needed. Additionally, we will make sure that, in cases where it is necessary, appropriate placement is set up following treatment completion (e.g. nursing home or group home placement). Whatever your continuing needs may be, the staff at Shaker Clinic will do everything in our power to make sure that you are comfortable with the next step in your journey.