• Gem Kennison, MPH

In Between Hospitalization and Health

Receiving a mental health diagnosis can be scary. By the time many people seek help, they are at a crisis point where not getting help is no longer an option. They may be facing hospitalization, legal troubles, employment issues, or similar. It can be hard to remember how healthy functioning looks and feels.

Hospitalization and institutionalization provide immediate relief through isolation within a therapeutic environment. This isolation is often necessary for stabilization. But, between hospitalization and health is a landscape of learning.

Unfortunately, navigating that landscape can be difficult without help.

Mental Health Professionals (MHPs) provide more intensive, in-home assistance when mental health challenges affect the ability to function in daily life.

Adding home-health visits to the traditional support structure of medication and therapy can help patients transition back into life more easily.

Mental health disorders can dramatically reduce quality of life.

Depression can rob a person of the motivation to complete basic tasks. Anxiety can be crippling. Life can feel like a never-ending To-Do List of responsibilities, appointments, and frustrations. When combined with mental health challenges, the activities of daily life (ADLs) such as grooming, bathing, and eating, can decline.

In-home mental health care can help clients manage the activities of daily life (ADLs) and better meet responsibilities. MHPs can help clients to plan for and manage triggers and responsibilities. This results in better maintenance of a healthy standard of living.

In-home mental health care can help clients improve their self-management skills. This can reduce or eliminate the need for hospitalization and allow them to remain at home. MHPs are not doctors or nurses. They are trained mental health providers who can assist with medication management and adhering to a therapeutic schedule. MHPs can respond in the moment to help clients reframe situations and address triggers before they escalate into a crisis.

There is often a stigma associated with a mental health diagnosis. This can make opening up about mental health issues challenging. When thoughts are central to the problem, expressing those thoughts in a safe environment can help. MHPs can provide a safe way for clients to discuss and process mental health concerns without judgment. MHPs act as a therapeutic influence outside of therapeutic settings.

Through their involvement with the client throughout many areas of a client’s life, MHPs can provide valuable insight. MHPs may meet with a client in the home or at school. They may accompany the client to medical appointments and on errands. This involvement helps them better understand the unique challenges faced by the client.

This understanding supports them in assisting the client in crafting a mental health plan that works.

Wellness is not just learning healthy coping skills. It is also understanding triggers and adopting healthier habits within daily life. Implementing healthier habits means fitting new practices into a life that already felt overwhelming. MHPs can help clients with identifying their unique triggers and providing targeted education. They can reduce some of the burdens of daily life, allowing the client to focus on what is most important: Their health.

We all want to take care of our loved ones, especially when they are sick or in pain.

It is no different when a loved one has a mental health challenge. The difference is that mental health challenges do not follow a schedule.

More intensive caretaking may be needed for months or years, not just days. In addition to the other challenges caretakers face, finding the time and energy for self-care can feel impossible. A majority of caregivers admit that caring for a loved one with a mental illness negatively impacts their own health. In-home behavioral health care can reduce some of the physical and emotional burdens on family caretakers, dramatically improving the quality of life for both the client and their loved ones.

Extra hands make work easier, and Loving Hearts is ready to help. We understand the challenges of a mental health diagnosis for both clients and their loved ones. Our hearts are open to any who need us. We dedicate ourselves to helping clients discover the tools they need to help them thrive in their unique circumstances. Our compassionate care and commitment to the strictest ethical values reflect in everything we do. You are not your illness. Loving Hearts is dedicated to ensuring our clients maintain their dignity and respect.

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