Letter: Help seniors

Help seniors

Editor:

I found Nanci Hutson’s article (Nov. 2) supporting mental health agencies and facilities interesting and informative. The focus was on the homeless, veterans and drug abusers.

What is missing in our community (aside from Margaret T. Morris, which cares for Alzheimer’s) is help for mentally ill elderly.

My husband spent a short time (I took him out) in a locked facility in Prescott where his medication was so poorly managed he became psychotic. I began asking the R.N.’s and CNA’s what training they had to care for psychiatric patients. Outside of their regular curriculum, they had had no advanced training, especially with the elderly. Even the psychiatrist admitted his residency program did not emphasize specific problems treating the mentally ill elderly.

The saving grace for us was Bob moved into the CLC (Community Living Center) at the V.A., where he lived for two and a half years until he died in their Hospice unit. During his stay, medication management kept him emotionally balanced.

Connie Thacker

Prescott