3 Reasons You Get So Angry with Your Loved One’s Mental Health Issues
Caring for a senior who has mental health issues can be one of the hardest challenges someone faces in their life. A family caregiver might be able to face the daily challenges with grace, but sometimes, transferring a loved one into Senior living, Assisted Living or a Nursing Home is necessary. Making the decision to transfer can be exceptionally difficult because caregivers often feel like they “should” be able to care for their elderly mom or dad.
The hardest part is initiating the process. Families often hesitate to call us for help because they feel embarrassed or worried about how their unpredictable loved ones are going to react. You don’t have to find a good fit on you own. Stacys Helping Hand, Inc (Senior living) specializes in senior behavioral and mental health care. And, regardless of your situation, we will find a facility where your loved one has compassionate caregivers who can provide the needed support. We empower seniors with mental health issues to take ownership and find purpose in their lives. It is never too late.
1. Likely They Had No Therapy or Took Medication
Because of the time period your loved one was born, their Mental Health issues were likely either undiagnosed, denied or kept behind closed doors due to the stigma attached with a Mental Health diagnosis. Luckily today with modern science, doctors have a better understanding of what neurotransmitters are deficient and modern medicine can help improve their symptoms.
2. Manipulation Is Interwoven with Symptoms
Another big factor can be the component of manipulation and using their illness as an excuse. Or they are not even aware of how manipulative they are being. We tell families that if dementia has set in, working through the manipulation may or may not be an option.
3. Just Like A Child There Is No “Manual” to Follow
To put it bluntly, you may be worn out and can’t see past the manipulation. It truly is hard to distinguish where the brain chemistry imbalances end and the manipulations begins. Mental health behaviors can be like a rope where you have to unwind the chords.
Let Us Help. The First Step Is to Call Us.
Your loved needs to help themselves and take ownership for their wellbeing. Asking a 3rd party professional to help your loved one transition can be a lifesaver for you. We can facilitate the process and make it the best experience possible. Each step is another weight off of your shoulders.
Our senior care process is flexible for each individual’s situation. As we get to know your loved one, you might be surprised by how well they respond to our questions. We have the ability to empower people with mental health issues so that they don’t feel threatened. This is partly due to the fact that we are outside of the existing family dynamics, which certainly helps. But, it’s also due to our expertise and approach – a little compassion and understanding goes a long way.
Our goal is to help your loved one re-discover the kid in themselves. It takes facilities a while to learn your loved one’s needs. Most times manipulation is an unmet need, and the need to be in control of something. Unfortunately, the facility may or may not be able to “make them happy,” but they can have compassion.