There is a new way to treat dementia patients that does not involve the use of mood-altering drugs. This approach is based on the belief that changes in behavior for those who suffer from dementia are simply a result of their condition, and not because they are “bad” or “difficult” people.
What is Dementia?
It’s estimated that over 55 million people around the world are living with dementia, and that number is only going to grow in the years to come. Dementia is a general term used to describe a decline in mental ability. It is a neurological disorder that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. This can be caused by a variety of things, including Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, or head injury.
What are the Symptoms of Dementia?
There are 3 stages of dementia, and each stage has its own symptoms. In the early stages, patients may experience forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, or trouble finding the right words. They may also have mood changes or become more withdrawn.
As the disease progresses, patients may have trouble with basic tasks like dressing or bathing. They may also become confused about time and place, and have hallucinations or delusions. In the final stages, patients may become bedridden and lose the ability to speak or eat.
It can be very challenging for caregivers and loved ones to try and treat dementia patients safely and effectively. In many cases, doctors will prescribe mood-altering drugs in an attempt to control the patient’s behavior. However, there is now evidence that shows treating dementia patients without the need for drugs can be just as effective – if not more so!
How is Dementia Treated?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating dementia. The treatment plan will vary depending on the cause of the disease and its stage. Some common treatments include medication, lifestyle changes, and therapies.
Dementia is a general term used to describe a decline in mental ability. It is a neurological disorder that affects memory, thinking, and behavior.
Can You Really Treat Dementia Without Mood-Altering Drugs?
Did you know that there is a way to treat dementia patients without the need for mood-altering drugs? Believe it or not, many changes in behavior can be brought about by making simple changes in the patient’s environment and focusing on the person’s mind and body. You can also treat the emotions that accompany dementia (agitation, anxiety, aggression, and apathy) without pharmaceutical drugs.
How is Avanti Senior Living Changing Memory Care?
Avanti Senior Living’s Memory Care Program, Salize, is an innovative approach to memory care. Our dementia care experts have created a program that is based on the latest research focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The Salize Program offers a comprehensive, individualized approach to memory care that includes:
A detailed assessment of each resident’s needs
¬ An individualized plan of care
¬ A focus on activities and experiences that engage the mind and body
¬ A supportive environment that encourages social interaction
¬ A team of highly trained team members who provide around-the-clock care and support
¬ A commitment to continuous quality improvement
The Salize Program is built on the latest research and our team of experts are constantly evaluating new approaches to memory care. Our goal is to provide the best possible care for our residents and their families. If you have any questions about the Salize Program, please contact us. We would be happy to discuss how we can help your loved one. Thank you for considering the Salize Program!