Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Is a step down or adult housing a good choice?

My Daughter is in the hospital right now she has schizoaffective disorder. The Doctors at the hospital are putting her in adult housing or a step down center. I am so worried about this has anybody had there child, she is 30, go to one of these group homes and did it have a positive impact on there disorder??

Firstly I would find out every thing i can about the adult housing they are placing her in and that should give you some inner peace if its right for her or not . My son 23 has the same diagnosis . He is in an apartment which is less than 10 min from me , that way i keep an eye on him and tend to his needs . This disease tends to draw out your energy , hang in there and try and educate yourself as much as you can on schizoaffective disorder . One day at a time …

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Thank you for replying Linda, sometimes I forget that one day at a time. You know when you have that good day when, everything is fun and peaceful with your child, and you think this is getting better then you have 10 bad days. I’ve found that talking with people can help me even laugh some through those days along with a few tears. People can be wonderful!

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I have a 20 step daughter that lives with me with schizoeffctive disorder. It can very difficult. It’s nice to not be alone.

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Stick in there, talking with people has helped so much, not necessarily when your dealing with a bad episode but afterword. I hope you have friends to talk to or keep posting if you need to talk about some issues. Sometimes its worse than any scary movie you’ve watched. And never thought it could be happening to your family, but just take it one day at a time and look into getting treatment for her if your able.

Absolutely helpful, yes, in my son’s situation, but each facility is different and each person is different. It took multiple residential treatment programs before meaningful recovery occurred. Results can also vary dramatically as to whether or not the person has anosognosia (the inability to see herself as sick or needing treatment, due to the illness itself). I recall that one facility where my son was in treatment advised the parents upfront to expect a phone call from our loved one at some point saying that they didn’t want to stay in the program anymore…to come get them." And sure enough, that is what happened. I did NOT go get him, but as it turned out, he was already going downhill with the illness and ended up back in the hospital anyway. But we kept trying…and eventually had success!

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That is so good to here. My daughter is already giving me reasons why she shouldn’t be there in the facility, Too many people, having assigned seating, just waiting for the cooking and cleaning classes to start. Oh boy! Nothing wrong with me is here mantra, I wish she could see it. The voices are real. Of course there real to you. She thinks I’m lying when I say I don’t hear them. She is trying so hard, if I were in her shoes, I would be so much of a pain in the butt. But she has moments when she is so sweet and is worried about me. The next time I may be the daemon that’s the cause of it all. I hope nobody thinks ill of me but its nice. Having her in there for a while. Don’t get me wrong I miss her, but I sleep better knowing she isn’t taking off in the middle of the night or up prancing back and forth all night, always a sign of a bad day if she doesn’t get sleep at night. Thank you for your comments all are welcome.!