In the last few years we have gained awareness of the various needs that individuals with mental health problems need in order to attain overall well-being. Many times, we discuss the importance of drug, individual counseling, family counseling, and, socialization.
Those are of extreme importance in regards to mental health but the one service that seems to be forgotten is maintenance administration. A whole lot of people attribute care management services to people that are aging or who have chronic medical conditions. Although, care management can be very helpful for those issues, we also find a massive need for intense care management for those who have a chronic mental illness and cannot get access to any services. It’s not a secret that persistent and severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and major depression can require intense care management and advocacy.
As a refresher, the duties of a mental health care manager include:
Acting as a connector between the individual and the community resources
Advocating on behalf of the patient so that he or she access needed quality solutions
Overseeing the care of an individual such as medication management, doctors’ appointments, treatment, psychiatric services, and anything else related to their care
Connecting the client’s family to support services such as individual, family, or group counseling
Being an advocate if there’s need for hospitalization to ensure the safety of the customer and their family members
Facilitating access to needed benefits
Assisting the individual with navigating all the different services so that it does not become overwhelming for them
Alleviating loved ones of some stress concerning the care and wellbeing of their loved one
Coordinating for advanced planning for the individual
Connect person with social services and applications
Any service which the person may need the care manager will make that relationship.
As specialists in the field of mental health, we see that households with loved ones living with a mental health condition often need to have an immediate and instant”fix” to their family member. It is important for them to stay in mind, that a mental illness is much like a physical illness that requires constant care. This isn’t to say that you can’t live a”normal” life with a mental illness however extra care is needed. Additionally, as family members it’s important to remember that you also have a very important role in the recovery of your loved one.
There’s a whole lot of value in having a maintenance manager involved with the maintenance of your loved one with a mental illness. They will explore the physical, psychological, social, and psychological well-being of your family member and will assess for possible gaps that will need to be filled. For example, your relative might be living with schizophrenia and has been in and out of the hospital while being non -compliant with medication. After this happens we all know that your loved ones has likely had many psychotic episodes leading to severe impaired functioning. Therefore. He or she may need home care services to assist with activities of daily living such.
In cases such as this, the care manager steps in and coordinates for all care. When this occurs we often observe a feeling of relief in our family members as they often will say”I do not know how I would have begun this process without you”. A care manager is also a huge support system for the individual as they now know they have an advocate overseeing their wants and wishes.
It is important to not forget that living with a mental illness or with a relative with a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. Additionally, the diagnosis of a mental illness does not necessarily mean the person’s life is over as many people mistakenly think. We have worked with many people and their families as they deal with diagnoses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and many others. The start of the method is usually composed of what we like to call growing pains full of distress. It is important to note that many of our customers with these diagnoses live normal lives but can do so since they gained access to the resources locally. One very important step is accepting the presence of the new diagnosis and what it may mean. Another important step is realizing that you may need the help of psychiatric or home care services. It is important to act as early as possible, as early intervention may cause the best results. When those noises in the attic are driving you crazy check out Ocala Wildlife Control to help you out.