Do assisted living communities accept residents with mental health conditions? Depression? Bi-polar? Schizophrenia?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    It's not easy to live with mental illness at any age, but older folks usually have more difficulty dealing with it because of other physical infirmities compounding the problem. So if you or a loved one want to move into an assisted living community, you'll need to know whether the facility's equipped to treat and handle mental health conditions.

    Mental health issues such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder require specialized treatment, which may include a combination of therapy and medication. In order to accept patients with mental health concerns, properly trained staff and well-thought procedures need to be in place, and not all facilities are equipped or staffed to handle these conditions.

    It's up to the individual facilities to decide if they will be able to properly care for residents suffering from mental illness, and if so, what their expectations are for treatment, whether on-site or off-site. While these places assist those folks who need a little more help in their day-to-day lives, assisted living communities may not always be the best fit for someone suffering from these mental health conditions. It's advisable to make an appointment to talk with an admissions coordinator at the facility to see if it's the right fit. If not, the staff may be able to refer you to a community better equipped to meet your needs and expectations.