As the VOYCEconnect Coordinator, I often educate people and discuss how you need to be prepared. Even for seniors, being prepared is not easy to do. You never know what might come up or what care you might need. But in some situations, being prepared is not possible and you are thrown into a situation you never thought you would be in.
Michael is 21 years old and was going to college. He was a honors student and his Aunt, who lives in another state, reported to me that just the other day he has gotten an A on a paper that he was very proud of. However, his family’s world was turned upside down when Michael ended up in the hospital in the psych ward. It is unclear how he got there, but they are guessing he might have had some symptoms of depression. He was put on a 96-hour hold and given new medications. He was quickly discharged and had nowhere to go. So, Michael’s Aunt set up a taxi and hotel for him. After not being able to get a hold of him, the hotel staff had to break into his room and found that he was unable to move. The amount of anti-psychotic medications that he was given was not safe, and he was left paralyzed.
This whole situation has traumatized Michael, who is still in the hospital and fearful of being sent back to the psych ward where he is not able to contact his family. Other doctors who have seen him have concluded that the amount of medications he was prescribed was inappropriate, and it was causing his muscles to deteriorate. Michael just wants a break and wants to get back to his normal life.
His family called VOYCE searching for options. Although he first needs other help from the hospital, he might eventually need some long-term care options. VOYCE was able to provide this information to the family to help them feel they could be a bit more prepared for their next decision regarding Michael’s care. Feeling they at least can be somewhat prepared for this future step is comforting in this chaotic and shocking time in their lives.
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