Will my relative be able to live on his or her own?
Just because your relative has a mental illness, this does not mean he/her will have to live at home forever.† People with mental illness may do well in a number of different living arrangements depending on how much they are able to do for themselves.† Each of these types of housing requires different abilities, and each provides a different level of support and supervision.
The following are some of the housing choices and what they offer.
1. Living at home with a family member
Living at home works best when:
Living at home is more difficult when:
If it is decided that the person with mental illness will live in a family setting, the family as a should talk with the therapist about treatment issues.† A record should be kept of how the situation is working and how other family members may be affected.† This will help the family decide later whether the person with mental illness should continue to live at home.
2. Colorado Recovery offers these forms of assisted living:
3. Living alone in an apartment
This housing arrangement for the person with mental illness offers the most independence of all the housing options.† This type of housing may work well if the person is enrolled in intensive outpatient treatment and attends all services as required.
It is best for the person with schizophrenia to work with the case manager to find a type of housing that fits the personís ability to live independently, as well as the ability to cover living expenses.