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Distraughtsis
How to get help when it seems hopless

I have a sister who is in her early 50s who since 20 has been diagnosed with bipolar and schizophrenia. She was perfectly fine since in childhood and became ill in college. Me and my senior mom are caregivers but it is wreaking the most horrific havoc on our lives. We have gone to Nami, we have tried to reach out to various agencies in florida, we have gone to the courts, we have had her in and out of assisted living residential who have kicked her out, called 911 so many times is as if now they take their time when showing up,,,we have run out of options. We desperately need to get her help and into treatment but have no idea who to reach out to who will not ignore us and help us help her. She has more physical ailments arising because she is a chain smoker,  a diabetic with high blood pressure who doesn't  take her medications properly. it has been physically and emotionally draining to live day in and day out with her waiting for the next outburst or crisis. Especially for my mother who should be living her golden years in peace and has to live with the emotional Rollercoaster of anger, fear and depression  because of my sister. There has to be a solution some how to get assistance, but how and where when we have tried so many avenues to only find there is no where else to go to seek assistance.

 

NicholeGoble
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Hi, Distraughtsis -

Hi, Distraughtsis -

Thanks so much for sharing a bit about your current caregiving situation. Perhaps reaching out to the Caregiver Help Desk might be helpful? The folks at the Help Desk are great at connecting you with resources in your area of Florida. You can reach out to them via phone by calling the toll free number (855)227-3640. You can also reach them via chat by hitting the orange "Help Desk" button. you see on your botton right of the screen.Their hour are Monday through Friday, 8AM to 7PM Eastern but you can leave a message if you reach out outsude their hours.

If you haven't checked it out yet, I would also suggest taking a look at our Blueprint for Families of Loved Ones with Mental Health Issues.It has guides around helping with medications, talking to your loved one's doctors and navigating HIPAA.

I hope I have been to help. Please feel free ti reach out if I can be of further assistance.

Nichole

Distraughtsis
Thank you for your reply, I

Thank you for your reply, I will reach out the help desk.

Distraughtsis
Thank you for your reply, I

Thank you for your reply, I will reach out the help desk.