Vulnerability

July 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM (Uncategorized)

I know that this touches on most of all, the need for proper diagnosing assessment and placement of those with moderate to severe mental illnesses.

This is going to sound like bigotry towards those with more severe mental illnesses thanmyself and I don’t know how not to make it sound like that but here’s what went down today in my apartment complex.

My home health aide was arriving and noticed that another resident was staring at her. She got out of her car and went to the front door to ring a keypad that allows me to buzz her in. At that time the resident of my building who had been staring at her went up to the front door,approached her, and used a racially tinged obscenity and a curseword towards her and gave her a look she described as violent.

I had had an encounter with this resident the evening before. While she was not violent toward me it was very clear that she was rather disconnected from what was going on and anxious about her financial situation. I had overheard a law enforcement officer who was visiting her in regard to another incident advise her after she admitted she was on a medication regimen to get back on those meds and take them regularly.

After this morning incident my aide spoke to our custodian about it. She was concerned and she decided to file an incident report about this. It is also worth noting that the same resident was visited by the local law enforcement for leaving trash in places that trash wasn’t it supposed to be left in. I believe my aide. I’ve only known her a month but she seems to me to be reliable and accurate. And she said to me just after the incident,” I haven’t been called the N word since junior high, what’s up with that? ” 

How does this have the potential to affect me badly since I wasn’t even there? Well my aide could take sometime to deliberate and decide that she does not want to work in an environment that she clearly views as hostile  and rightly so. Given how hard it has been to get a morning aide it will be very hard to replace her. Or the resident could direct their hostility towards me because it was my aide who filed a report against them. It is worth noting that, in the vast stack of paperwork that is the house rule for these apartments mental competency to manage one’s own affairs is something that they specifically require. It is not assisted living. if apartment management  conclude subjectively that an individual resident does not have that capacity regardless of a medical diagnosis to the contrary, they can evict said resident.

I do not want to be the cause of anyone being kicked out of here, but an employee of mine feels unsafe and I myself feel vulnerable in case a person who is presently unstable directs anger toward me.

So if this resident is in fact evicted… I will feel better about it.  I’ll feel bad about it in a general sense because the real problem here was inadequate discussion with the social worker who signed the application form and incorrect placement of this tenant who I believe at least this time needs a little more supervision. Aside from their accessibility features these are regular apartments and go by the same rules as just any apartment complex you might meet there’s no oversight and there shouldn’t be. As I’ve said jubilantlyl before this week this is not #nursinghomeprison it’s a regular place to live and involves the hazards of same.

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