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This Week's Carenote - 05/15/09

I have 2 grandchildren who stay with their other grandmother after school because of the work schedule of their parents.  Their grandmother has paranoid schizophrenia, and sometimes does not take her medication and has had to be taken to the hospital on more than one occasion.  I don't know much about the illness and do not want to jump to any conclusions, but could she be a danger to the children? 

Any suggestions on how to deal with this?



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Name: lynne dunn
Location: texas
Date: 05/15/2009
Time: 07:37 PM


YEAH!!!especially if she isn't taking her meds( which could be even more so dangerous)!! Listen, my best friend's son had paranoid schiz and even w/ his meds he was SCARY!! Lots of near..well..not good occurrences arose. It's not their fault and it cannot be controlled voluntarily or simply because the person w/ p s "wants to" control it. They have a chemical imbalance in the brain that triggers a firing that is not of a personal choice. Now, w/ all that being is she functioning w/o her meds? I mean good? bad? explosive? hallucinating? hearing voices? If not, is it for sure she is suffering from P S or is it possible she could be experiencing Delirium Syndrome due to some specific foundational physical ailments/medical problems? (this is also being more so realized as a syndrome our elderly r experiencing and not so much ALWAYS alz/dementia!!VERY ENLIGHTENING for anyone having time and resources to quick research this!) At any rate, are there other possible scenarios with the Grandmother's situation/condition that would come into play? It's generally difficult for a person w/ true full blown condition of P S to function or be seen as able to live alone unsupervised if that person is not taking his/her meds. It's hard to draw an accurate conclusion of this individual situation since not having all the details..but, if the potential safety and wellbeing of children are involved...well, I would think the parents would be the best ones to make that determination. However, I definitely understand your concern. My best friend actually had me and anyone else stop coming to their home. Her son was full grown and very unpredictable. But not ALL degrees of P S are the same. Good Luck and God Bless to All. LD

Name: Jim
Location: Maryland
Date: 05/16/2009
Time: 02:26 PM


If she has an episode while taking care of the children and the children have to be cared for by the EMS people from the ambulance they will have no choice but to turn the children over to child protective services and the children may be taken from the parents. Once that happens the children and parents will be separated until CPS can evaluate the fitness of the parents because they left the children in the care of a mentally incompetent caregiver. Relative or not, it doesnít matter. Then it could be months until the children rare reunited with their parents and they will also have a probationary period where they have to be visited or go into CPS for checkups and evaluation. This is almost self explanatory. I donít know why this is even a question in your mind.



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