Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Helping Adult with Schizophrenia - Homeless / Diabetic

Posted in the Diagnosed forum, copied here:

From: RubyDEve3m

I am the parent of an adult child living with mental illness. He can’t
take care of himself, and don’t understand everyday things. He is 38
years old, has a social security income monthly.

He was living at mental group housing building for many years until
that company went out of business. Now he is homeless, and living in
my single studio apartment unit. I cannot get him checked into another
one because he has to volunteer. No one will help me and I don’t know
what to do. He does not give me any money for his expenses, he keeps
all his money to himself and he does not pay rent. He does not pay for
the food, and often waste it playing with it or beige eating.

His condition is bad and only became worsen after he was removed from
that establishment. He has diabetes and needs a nurse to take care of
his foot and give medication. He speaks in fragments, cannot carry or
understand a sentence. He has rage issues and ptsd. Noise, light, and
people speaking upsets him. He is very paranoid of everything and have
mental illusions that he can’t tear apart from reality.

If this organization can’t provide any help for him, can you recommend
me someone or somewhere to help. This is a critical emergency.


I’m sorry that you are going through this. I don’t have specific advice, but others here are good at hunting down resources. Where do you live?
From your description, it’s clear that he needs to move out. Didn’t his old housing situation give you a referral before it closed?


RubyDEve3m, I’m so sorry that you are in this situation with your MI son. Would you consider filing a mental inquest warrant and have him picked up. You did t say whether or not he was compliant. Has he always controlled his own money? My son would give his money away and buy drugs if he had it. There are so many people who prey on these poor individuals that in my opinion they all need protecting. Have you thought about what type of responsibility you are able to accept for him? What outcome would be ideal? For him to move somewhere else or another group home? We have thought about a group home also but he said he would not go. If it were the streets or there he might but he is non compliant so it is all a catch 22.