Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others. It is a complex, long-term medical illness, affecting about 1% of Americans. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling. Persons with a schizophrenia diagnosis can go from being functional and productive to experiencing psychosis quickly and during formative years.
Individuals with schizophrenia may need medication management, the structure, boundaries and the support that living in an assisted living community can provide. Because of the negative effects of medications and/or schizophrenia, those who are living with schizophrenia need structure in their lives. Routines are comforting and predictable and are useful to someone whose medical condition often make life unpredictable. Setting up schedules and tasks to accomplish at certain times of the day or week are helpful.
People with Schizophrenia may need an assisted living home for residents who maintain a level of independence. They may need day to day assistance with bathing, dressing, managing medications and supervision. Assisted living is a long-term option that combines, housing, support services, health care, and activities, as needed.