I’m 28 years old and my dad has schizophrenia. I have looked into all the options available to me for his care and as far as his living situation goes I can either leave him in a run down looking building in the middle of the ghetto, where I have to cross paths with prostitutes and drug dealers to go and see my dad. Or I can take the plunge and take on the responsibility of his wellbeing myself. I’ve heard the lectures from my family already that I may end up ruining my life by taking my dad in instead of leaving him where he is but I can’t help but argue with that logic.
Yes I’m young and I still have a long life ahead of me but right now the only thing I’m doing with my life is going to work, coming home and sitting on the couch. I don’t have a social life, not really and its in my nature to care for others. With that in mind, I cannot in good conscious leave the man that raised me to wither away in some place that is the equivalent to hell to him. He is depressed where he is and he will never get better unless something is done. So I’m doing it, I’m going to take care of him.
What I’m asking for on here is advice from others who are taking care of loved ones with schizophrenia. Are there other kids who have taken that step towards caring for their parents? Lets talk, help each other make it thru the tough times. I know I will have struggles going forward and I know I will need support from others who are dealing with similar problems. At this point I’m just wanting to let me voice be heard and to know I’m not alone.