David is on a track to potential discharge in March of 2016. I won’t go in to the ins and outs of his program. I don’t necessarily agree with discharge at this point. David has been having difficulties the last two days. And a couple of times over the last month. If his care and issues aren’t properly documented, my fear is that he will not get the care that he needs. His behaviors are escalating. Please, don’t do him any favors by not documenting his care. If he does something, please document it. It is the only way to ensure that he is getting the care he needs. We saw this in his last placement where things weren’t documented in the lodge/cottage/residence. He ended up being discharged against doctors orders because Medicaid said he needed to go home since he wasn’t making any progress and was not regressing either.
One added benefit to blogging about our son and his mental health illnesses, is that it also gives me a timeline of some of his behaviors. Of course, I don’t document everything here. But this is a good baseline for everything that he has been through. So, for example, when a facility asks me for two weeks of behaviors coupled with the dates that they occurred, I don’t have to look far. I can come here and review two weeks worth of posts and have pretty much everything. Is it everything? Like I said previously, not by a long shot. What some entries do is trigger memories of other lesser events. I guess the point I am making here, is document. Document. Document! Write down every behavior that is not right for your home. Write down that the child argued about his coat, in fact threw a fit because he
There are days when I feel utterly helpless when it comes to David. He is 500 miles from home. Last week we celebrated David attaining a new level in his care plan. He has been doing very well. Then came the self-doubt. The “I am not good enough” thoughts. And the treatment sabotage began. Today I received a call. David disappeared on his care team. Took more than 10 minutes of searching to find him. Once they found him, he informed staff that he was going to harm himself. He indicated that he had items in his room that he could use. So staff searched his room. Now, knowing how well David is able to hide things, it doesn’t surprise me that they couldn’t find anything. He may not have anything hidden in his room. However, it is very likely that he does have stuff in his room with