The role of care givers in mental health rehabilitation
Who is a care giver?
A care giver is an individual who provides care for a patient and attends to all his/her basic needs. These include medical reviews with health professionals, assistance and supervision of activities of daily living and skills development.
Role of a care giver
- Initiate consultation with the psychiatrist and act according to medical advice.
- Develop daily living skills
- Train the client to live independently
- Referal to a organization providing rehabilitation/skills development
- Attention to personal hygiene
- Weight monitoring and exercise
- Periodic screening for diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia ect.
- Encouraging healthy dietery habits
Care givers meeting and the discussions held with them
A care givers meeting is held at NCMH Resource Centre Borella monthly.
- Problems they encounter in caring patients at home
- Their behavior at home
- Dealing with violent/bizzare behaviour
- Interpersonal relationships
- Compliance with the treatment plan
- Mental health awareness
- Considering the role of a trust fund
- Transfer of lands, estates (if any) legally to them, including the role of power of attorney
- Bank accounts
- The possibility of employment