In the last few years we have gained awareness of the various needs that people with mental health problems need so as to attain overall well-being. Many times, we discuss the importance of medication, individual counseling, family counseling, and, socialization.
Those are all of extreme importance when it comes to mental health but the one service that seems to be forgotten is care administration. A whole lot of people attribute care management services to individuals that are aging or who have chronic health conditions. Although, care management can be very valuable for all those issues, we also see a massive need for extreme care management for those who have a chronic mental illness and can’t get access to any services. It is not a secret that persistent and severe mental illness like schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and major depression can require extreme care management and advocacy.
Just 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 gain access to needed quality services
Overseeing the care of an individual such as medication management, doctors’ appointments, therapy, psychiatric services, and anything else related to their care
Connecting the client’s family to support services like individual, family, or group counseling
Being an advocate if there is need for hospitalization to ensure the security of the client and their family members
Facilitating access to needed benefits
Assisting the person with navigating all the various services so that it does not become overwhelming for them
Alleviating family members of some worry regarding the well being and care of the loved one
Coordinating for advanced preparation for the individual
Connect individual with social services and programs
Any service that the individual may require the care manager will make that connection.
As specialists in the field of mental health, we see that families with loved ones living with a mental health condition often need an immediate and instant”fix” for their family member. It is important for them to stay in mind, that a mental illness is a lot like a physical illness which requires constant care. This isn’t to say that you cannot live a”normal” life with a mental illness however extra care is needed. Additionally, as family members it’s important to keep in mind that you also have a very important role in the Wildlife Control Ocala of your loved one.
There’s a whole lot of value in getting a care manager involved in the maintenance of your loved one with a mental illness. They will explore the physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being of your relative and will assess for possible gaps which will need to be filled. After this happens we 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. However, every situation is different some more severe than others.
In cases like this, the care manager steps in and coordinates for all initial care. When this happens we often see a feeling of relief in our loved ones as they often will say”I don’t know how I would have started this process with no”. A care manager is also a huge support system for the individual as they now know that they have an advocate overseeing their wants and wishes.
It is important to not forget that living with a mental illness or having a relative with a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. In addition, the diagnosis of a mental illness doesn’t necessarily mean the individual’s life is over as many people mistakenly think. The start of the method is usually made up of what we like to call growing pains full of distress. It’s important to note that many of our clients with these diagnoses live normal lives but can do so because they gained access to the resources locally. One very important step is accepting the presence of this new investigation and what it might mean. Another important step is understanding that you may need the support of psychiatric and/or home care services. It is important to act as early as possible, as early intervention can cause the best results.