Throughout the United States, there are nearly 10 million individuals living with a serious mental illness, and for many, finding adequate care is a challenge. Throughout history, those living with a condition have had to overcome social barriers to be heard, and financial barriers to receive care. The stigma of a mental illness has shaped the way the country views those individuals and the resources provided to them.
When a senior friend or family member stumbles over a word or loses their keys, it is easy to dismiss it as the natural effects of aging. But those small missteps may signal a serious problem. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is mostly associated with the elderly, but early-onset of the cognitive disorder can affect people as young as 40.
With more than 10 million individuals living with a mental illness, the high demand for healthcare choices continues to present challenges. Budgetary constraints have forced states to reduce mental health services in both the community and within hospital systems, paring away options for those in need. In an effort to bring care to a larger community, home healthcare organizations provide viable options for those searching for quality care.
For some women, the first several days home following the birth of a new baby are filled with some of the most profound moments in life. They are also some of the most overwhelming.
When loved ones have a serious medical condition or are living with chronic disease, their family caregivers tend to focus only on what can impact physical health, keeping an eye on healing wounds, monitoring vital signs and assisting with mobility. But as patients age, it’s important to consider their mental health as well.