Mental Health and the Elderly Part 3 – Schizophrenia

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Curantis is happy to share Part 3 of our series on mental health and the elderly.  Do you have a loved one with mental illness and are in need of home care assistance? Curantis Home Carers can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Today we will focus on Schizophrenia which is often misunderstood.

Uncertainty surrounds Schizophrenia and nature thereof. It is believed that it involves different ranges of disorders that share similar symptoms.

Schizophrenia typically begins in late adolescence or early adulthood. There are effective treatments for schizophrenia and people affected by it can lead a productive life and be integrated into society.

These symptoms can be managed with medication and psychological treatment.  Complete recovery is possible whilst other may experience occasional episodes of illness or even live with the symptoms throughout their lives.

Two commonly held myths about Schizophrenia are that the individual has a “split “personality or likely to be violent and incidents of someone with Schizophrenia committing acts of violence are very rare.

Facts:-

  • Schizophrenia affects more than 21 million people worldwide.
  • It is a treatable disorder.
  • One in two people living with schizophrenia does not receive care for the condition.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Schizophrenia may include:-

  • Jumbled or confused thoughts;
  • Hearing voices, seeing things and even smell things that others can’t and this is commonly referred to as hallucinations;
  • Have distressing beliefs or experiences that are not based on reality such as being followed or watched or that their thoughts are controlled by an external force or even a person, this is commonly referred to as delusions;
  • Become disorganized, unpredictable or even agitated;
  • Neglect their appearance or person hygiene;
  • Withdrawal from society.

How can we help:-

  • Patience is very crucial and acknowledges what the individual is experiencing;
  • Be honest but don’t deny or contradict the individual’s experience;
  • Monitoring the individuals’ mental wellbeing or changes in behaviour and keep the family informed at all times;
  • Ensure that all prescribed medication is taken;
  • Ensure that the individual eats well and if possible encourage regular sleeping patterns.

 

Curantis Home Carers have helped assist with quality home care throughout Gauteng. Call today for a free consultation. We can help.