My brother in law is a paranoid schizophrenic. He was diagnosed at age 16 and is now 53 1/2. He has never held a job. He needs 24 hour care. He has to be shaven, have a shower started for him and water adjusted. He can brush his teeth. He cannot cook or clean house or room.
He has been in a couple group homes over the years for a couple weeks at a time. He picks up bad habits such as cursing. The community mental health center has said they will sign a paper to send him to a state facility. He was living with my mother in law who refused to send him there or give up on him.
She passed a couple months ago. He has been living with my husband and I since then.
He needs 24 hour care and we do not feel we can provide that. We considered finding a townhome or buying a home with a daylight basement for related living. He gets some ssdi, never applied for food stamps. The disability money would not cover a private caregiver, rent, food and basic needs. He will not get better after all these years. He chooses not to participate in the local mental health day programs.
Anyone have any suggestions besides the state hospital? Any suggestions for public services. What are other people with schizophrenic family members doing?