Most caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia share this near-constant fear: In a moment of confusion, their loved ones might walk away from home and family and never find their way back.
For those living with a mental illness, finding help during an emotional episode can be difficult. Many times, individuals turn to local law enforcement, seeking anyone to calm their worries. Unfortunately, due to the lack of resources and expertise, law enforcement officials are often challenged on how to handle mental health crisis situations.
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.