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What should I do to be a caregiver for someone who is mentally ill?

What should I do to be a caregiver for someone who is mentally ill?

It depends: This depends on the mental illness of the person involved -- but generally a compassionate, non-judgmental attitude and willingness to assist are needed for sure. If you're asking about education programs, you can inquire at nursing schools, etc, about requirements. Mental health america has some helpful information for families of mentally ill people: http://www.Mentalhealthamerica.Net/. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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How is being a caregiver for the mentally ill be different than helping someone with another condition?

How is being a caregiver for the mentally ill be different than helping someone with another condition?

Quite different: Mentally ill people may be very challenging to work with in that they exhibit symptoms that may be hard to handle, such uncontrollable emotions, unusual behaviors - anger (excessive), panic attacks, violent behaviors, hallucinations, delusions etc. A caregiver for such patients must be ready to intervene on an emergent basis to refer such patients for acute care. There may some safety risk involv. ...Read more

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Where can I find support as a caregiver for the mentally ill?

Where can I find support as a caregiver for the mentally ill?

Http://www.nami.org/: Check the internet for organizations dedicated to any particular mental, illness you may try to start with.... http://www.nami.org/. ...Read more

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What happens when a solo caregiver gets ill?

What happens when a solo caregiver gets ill?

Support system: This really speaks to why having a support system in place is important when providing care for someone. Being a sole caregiver sometimes leads to taking less care of yourself, and then increases your chance of getting sick. Plan ahead by having a support system in place. If you're already sick look for other resources-ask your church, doctor's office, community agency for help. ...Read more

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Where would I find caregiver support for mental health?

See below: Look at the following websites... www.dbsalliance.org www.Nami.Org they're geared for mentally ill; however, they might have information about caregivers support groups. The contact info is there. Good luck! ...Read more

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What special needs does a person with a mental illness have that a caregiver needs to address?

Diagnosis Dependant: Psychiatric disorders often manifest in different ways & can vary throughout time depending on the individual. It would be best to educate yourself on the illness the individual(s) you are caring for have been professionally diagnosed with. National alliance for the mentally ill (nami) & health care professionals for these individuals will be a good resource to gain insight into their needs. ...Read more

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Hospices are for persons in their last weeks. Where does a single older person live when gravely ill but not hospice eligible and has no caregiver?

Hospices are for persons in their last weeks. Where does a single older person live when gravely ill but not hospice eligible and has no caregiver?

This would be a good: question to pose to a social worker who works with this type of placement. The person's doctor may be able to refer to such a social worker. Take care. ...Read more

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How long do caregivers need to work with someone to obtain legal rights?

???? What: Your question is a little confusing. If you work in a care center and care for others, you really have no legal rights. If you care for somebody privately in their home, you really are an employee and you have no legal rights over the person being cared for. Legal rights are governed by the courts and most next of kin laws. ...Read more

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The diffference between a cna and a live in caregiver. Can someone explain?

Training: A cna-certified nursing assistant-has completed a training course and passed an exam. Skills include vital signs, helping patients with personal hygiene, etc. A live in caregiver may or may not be a cna. To the best of my knowledge, anyone can be a live in caregiver. In any case, be sure that they can pass a background check, have good references, especially if unsupervised with disabled/elderly. ...Read more

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How can I find caregiver support?

Caregiver exhaustion: Your local newspaper or hospital should be able to provide you with local caregiver support groups list and meetings calendar. ...Read more