Dementia is a general term used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in mental abilities that are severe enough to interfere with an individual’s daily life. There are a number of different types of dementia, but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. Dementia is characterized by memory loss, difficulties with thinking, or the inability to problem-solve. Additionally, those with dementia typically experiences changes within their mood and behavior. In the beginning of this disease changes are often small, but gradually gets worse over time. As dementia progresses all of a person’s body functions will become affect and will not function as well as they once did. This can lead to complications such as inadequate nutrition, deterioration of emotional health, difficulties communicating, and a decline in overall ability to take care of one’s self. While there is no cure for a majority of the types of dementia there is treatment available to help manage your symptoms and increase overall quality of life for as long as possible. Being diagnosed with dementia does not have to be a life sentence you can still enjoy life.
Shaker Clinic is a premier provider of psychiatric care for adults and seniors who need help when dealing with emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral concerns. Shaker Clinic has been successfully providing outpatient and community-based services for the past 12 years. We have a strong emphasis placed on cultural sensitivity and 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, we want you to know that our patients are our top priority.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Learning that your loved one has dementia can be extremely devastating as you watch your loved one slowly deteriorates over time. Here are some ways you can help your loved one:
- Learn about the stages of dementia so that you know what to expect as the disease progresses
- Reduce stressors
- Understand all medications and help them remember to take them
- Show them continued loved and patience
- Enhance communication
- Encourage exercise
- Encourage participation in games and other thinking activities
- Establish a nighttime ritual
- Keep a calendar
- Plan for the future
Why Consider Treatment at Shaker Clinic
While the majority of causes of dementia cannot be cured, there are a lot of treatment options that can help someone with dementia be able to live a high quality life. When you or someone you love has been diagnosed with dementia it is usually a good idea to seek outpatient treatment in order to get support and where you will be provided with a chance to talk with a professional about the diagnosis and the future. Through counseling sessions an individual can start to come to terms with their diagnosis and can get help for the presence of any depression or anxiety. Additionally, cognitive rehabilitation can help a person maintain their mental skills and help to increase confidence. An outpatient treatment program can provide an individual with the services needed to improve mental abilities, mood, and overall wellbeing.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Shaker Clinic, our wonderful staff is devoted to being an ever-improving care facility, consistently redefining the way that mental health care is delivered and received. It is our overall mission 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 strive to 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
At Shaker Clinic we do our best 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 we make sure that these needs are 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 full 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. Furthermore, the ISP assures ongoing communication between the patient and provider, while also encouraging each patient to take personal responsibility for reaching his or her own treatment goals. In order to provide all of our patients with the most comprehensive care available, Shaker Clinic offers the following services:
Mental health evaluation: In order to ensure that each and every need is addressed and met, a thorough clinical evaluation is conducted with each patient in order to determine 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 defined 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: Part of our mission is to guarantee the improved functioning of our patients, as well as to ensure the successful, consistent management and reduction of symptoms, which is why we provide ongoing medication management to all patients in need. 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. Behavioral health counseling sessions mainly 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, once again becoming 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 in order to guarantee that all needs are consistently and properly being met throughout the course of treatment. All of our highly qualified staff will work with you until your needs have been addressed, your concerns have receded, your symptoms are managed, and your treatment goals have been met. When your time with us has come to an end we will collaborate with other agencies 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.