Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Lakeland Behavioral Health System to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Lakeland Behavioral Health System.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Dementia Treatment Center for Older Adults in Missouri

Lakeland Behavioral Health System helps individuals struggling with dementia build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Springfield, Missouri, Lakeland is the leading provider of psychiatric treatment for children, adolescents, and older adults.

Learn More About Dementia Treatment

Learn More About Treatment for Dementia at Lakeland Behavioral Health System in Missouri

Dementia is the term used to describe a group of symptoms caused by a wide variety of disorders that affect the brain, rather than a single diagnosis. Individuals who struggle with dementia may not be able to think clearly enough to perform normal activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, or dressing. They may lose the ability to problem solve or control their emotions and their personalities may change. Some people become extremely agitated and experience hallucinations and delusions. While memory loss is a very common symptom of dementia, loss of memory does not mean that you have dementia. Individuals who have dementia experience problems in two or more areas of functioning, such as language and memory.

Dementia has generally been considered to be a normal part of aging, and although it is more common in the elderly, it is now understood that dementia is not a normal part of the aging process. Many different disease processes can cause dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia (often brought about by a stroke). Medications may be able to help slow the progression of the disease, but most forms of dementia are not curable – especially if the cause involves brain damage. However, some conditions that cause dementia are reversible, which is why prompt and accurate diagnosis is vital.

At Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic in Missouri, we understand that the decision to seek inpatient treatment for dementia can be a very trying time for you and your loved ones. An inpatient setting may seem like a frightening notion, which is why we want to assure you that our compassionate staff is fully trained and ready to help to restore your loved one to the highest level of functioning possible. At Lakeland, you’ve come home.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Treatment for Dementia at Lakeland Behavioral Health System in Missouri

Dementia can impact virtually all parts of your life. If you’re caring for someone with dementia, you may feel helpless as you watch your loved one struggle. If you’re living with dementia, you may feel frustrated and alone, like the whole world has changed around you. You may have lost your ability to control your emotions and noticed that you’re agitated and frightened. You may not know where to turn or how to manage what’s going on.

At Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic, we’ve developed a program called HOPE that has been designed to treat individuals age 60 and older. We’ll provide you with the calm and welcoming environment you need to become stabilized and help you address the areas of your life that are in need of care. Our empathetic staff is available to you at all hours of the day and night to make sure that all of your needs are met. When you’re with us, you’re family.

Our Philosophy

Lakeland Behavioral Health System’s Philosophy and Benefits

We provide loving and compassionate care to individuals from all walks of life and serve as a beacon of light for our community. Lakeland Behavioral Health in Missouri proudly offers confidential and personalized treatment using a multidisciplinary approach that ensures that all of your needs are met. We’re a holistic treatment center, which means that the care you receive will meet all of your needs – mind, body, and soul. The goal of our HOPE program, available to individuals age 60 and older, is to relieve symptoms, return those who come to us for help to their best level of health, and maximize the quality of their life. Our treatment team will develop a plan of care based upon your unique set of needs and work alongside you to help you return to your life as a happy, fulfilled individual.

Types of Treatment

Types of Treatment for Dementia Offered at Lakeland Behavioral Health System in Missouri

When you come to us for dementia care, you’ll first undergo a series of medical and psychological evaluations. The results of your medical evaluation will help us to determine what type of dementia you are suffering from and begin medical treatment as needed. Our psychiatric evaluation will allow us to gain a better insight into your mental and emotional status. The results of our evaluations will allow us to create a plan of care for your stay with us that will help to address all of your needs.

Medication may be used to help manage the symptoms of your dementia and any underlying medical conditions. Our treatment team will frequently monitor the medications for efficacy and make changes as necessary. The decision to use medication will be based upon recommendations from your treatment team.

Individual therapy will be used to discuss the ways in which dementia has impacted your life and the lives of your loved ones. You’ll privately work with a therapist to explore new coping mechanisms and life skills as well. You’ll also work through your emotions surrounding a dementia diagnosis and discuss the ways you’d like your future to look.

Group therapy can be a very important part of your stay with us at Lakeland Behavioral Health clinic. Through groups, you’ll work on life skills and ways to manage your feelings related to your diagnosis. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with individuals who are struggling with similar diagnoses so that you can work together to grow, learn, and heal.

Family therapy is vital for individuals who have dementia. In family sessions, you’ll be able to share your feelings regarding your diagnosis with your loved ones. We’ll work with you and your loved ones to determine the best course of action for the future and allow your loved ones the opportunity to share their feelings regarding your diagnosis. We’ll provide your loved ones with connections to outpatient therapy and available community resources to allow for their continued healing and support.

In addition to traditional therapeutic practices, we also use a variety of experiential treatments to allow for healing of the whole person – mind, body, and soul. These include:

  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Expressive therapy
  • Relaxation
  • Recreational programs

Continuing Care

Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment for Dementia

As the time of discharge from Lakeland’s behavioral health center approaches, you and your loved ones will sit down with your treatment team to discuss continuing care options. If it’s decided that you still need the structure of an inpatient residential treatment setting, we will help locate one that is most appropriate for your continuing needs. If you are discharging to home or the care of a loved one, you may opt to join a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to allow for continued care. Whatever your continuing care needs are, we will work hard to locate a program that best suits them.

Marks of Quality Care
  • Arkansas Juvenile Officers Association
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Missouri Hospital Association
  • Missouri Juvenile Justice Association
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • Tricare
  • The Jason Foundation

When my mom was diagnosed with dementia, the entire family felt lost and overwhelmed. We turned to Lakeland Behavioral Health, who was able to provide her with the resources and tools necessary to treat her dementia with the HOPE program. We are more at ease now thanks to the knowledgeable staff at Lakeland.

– John S.