I'm providing a link that I read when researching the role of geriatric psychiatric care for dementia patients.
The article seems to say that there is some greater benefit to the dementia patient other than medication. I'm trying to figure that one out, since the dementia patient can't recall the visit, right?
I read a lot of comments on this site about getting dementia patients to a geriatric psychiatrist. I would like to hear from those who have experience as to how it works. For example, if the patient has severe dementia, has no short term memory, and little orientation to time and place, how do the visits with the psychiatrist go?
If the patient can't answer any question or recall anything, how does the doctor interact with them? Do they talk to the family member or long term care staff only?
Since the patient would have no memory of going to the visit, how are they benefited?
Is the psychiatrist's role to prescribe and monitor medications?
Is consult with the geriatric psychiatrist only for those patients who have acting out, aggressive, depressed, or having other behavior that is even extreme for dementia patients? Or is it recommended for all dementia patients?