Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. It is a complex, long-term medical illness, affecting about 1% of Americans. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be some of the most disabling. People with a schizophrenia diagnosis can go from being functional and productive to experiencing psychosis quickly. Some may believe this is a multiple personality disorder, but it’s actually a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality.
This is a lifelong disease that cannot be cured. However, it can be controlled with the proper treatment.
Schizophrenia Mental Health Treatment
Because of the negative effects of medications and/or schizophrenia, those who are living with schizophrenia need structure in their lives. Individuals with schizophrenia may need medication management, the structure, boundaries and the support that living in an assisted living community can provide. 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.
Schizophrenia Assisted Living
People with Schizophrenia can benefit from 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 just general supervision. Assisted living provides a long-term option that combines, housing, support services, health care, and activities, as needed.