Hi there ,
Please can anyone offer advice on where to turn for a temporary respite setting or a company that provide care in the home for my elderly 86 year old mother . Never had mental health issues before and physically well for her age but a year ago went to try and drown herself on a shopping trip in local river . Was rescued by a passer by and sectioned but found to have pandemic depression and given and still on meds for that . Have lost my husband an NHS surgeon to Covid and my father and have no family or other support and a disabled son to look after also .
A local care home that is excellent provides respite care so I can go away to work but have told me they would not have her based on that one suicide attempt . A private psychiatrist in a private hospital would not see her either and private home carers say she will fail risk assessment . She has not tried it again but all say she is a risk to herself .
This means my son and I can never get a day off from her and I cant go to work away . She doesn’t not have dementia - we have local places for that .
How do I find a care provider that can cope with ‘regular’ mental illness . This seems like a massive prejudice when they all take patients who are very physically ill .
Any ideas so welcome - social services and GP offered nothing .
Thanks so very much