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Care Homes and Mental Disorders

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - March 13, 2013

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Seniors who are dealing with mental disorders are commonly sent to care homes towards the end of their lives due to the inevitable progression of the disease. As mental disorders continue to progress, it makes it more difficult to take care of the affected individual because that person eventually requires 24 hour attention and care. Of course, this is not always possible due to the differing schedules and responsibilities that people have to deal with on a regular basis. Likewise, some mental disorders worsen to the extent that they truly need the attention of a medical professional. Therefore, care homes tend to be the most common option for elderly individuals who have been affected by mental disorders.

In some cases, being admitted into a care home can have a positive effect on people who are experiencing elements such as memory loss. The benefit of care homes is that the medical professionals and other individuals that work there can interact with the elderly on a regular basis throughout the day. This type of mental stimulation can encourage them to remember things more easily and may help them to have less of a chance of a relapse. One of the common problems is that as mental disorders progress in the elderly, it can be difficult can keep them mentally stimulated when they are being cared for at home because eventually other family members have to leave the house to go to work, school, or other responsibilities, lessening their amount of time with their loved one.

Certain types of care homes take care of a variety of mental disorders. In example, some only take of individuals who have alzheimer’s and other various types of memory related disorders. However, some care homes take care of a wider range of mental problems and disorders. As an alternative, there are many nursing homes which also take care of elderly individuals who have mental disorders; however, they keep them separated from those who do not. Facilities which focus only on mental disorders and their treatment of the elderly that have them tend to charge more than these traditional nursing homes; however, the staff generally tends to have more experience taking care of the affected elderly at these locations. Ultimately, discussing with the elderly individual’s primary doctor can provide further insight into what type of facility care may be necessary in order to provide the best course of treatment.