Mental health interventions have come a long way over the years, but like many areas, much remains to be accomplished.
Virginia Killow, a former local doctor, recently told The Mining Journal that she is having trouble finding ongoing care for her 32-year-old son with autism.
Her son used to live alone with direct care staff to help him.
However, in a way he’s currently in a medical deadlock, and Kiro wants to bring him back home.
She expressed concern about two main issues. One is the lack of ongoing care for someone with autism, like my son, who needs care after puberty, and the problem of securing direct care for her staff.
It is her opinion, and that of others, including The Mining Journal, that these workers need better wages and working conditions in challenging jobs.
Killough pointed out that if there are services for autism, they are for children. She also doesn’t believe there are proper facilities in place to temporarily dispatch people and specialists to the area to help him.
Not all medical professionals are trained to deal with adults with autism, nor are all facilities. This is where Michigan should devote more resources. .
Of course, in many cases, living at home is not preferable. That is why we believe it is also essential to have adequately trained and remunerated direct care workers.
So how do we tackle the problem of bilateral autism?
Should medical schools offer more in-depth curricula on adult autism? Should states open more temporary care facilities? What should I do?
It’s not just the responsibility of the local hospital, nor should any particular facility be blamed.
The organizational problem, however, lies in providing appropriate treatment throughout life so that people with autism can live long and fulfilling lives.
It’s a complex problem with no easy solution. As with many dilemmas, the first step is to recognize the problem.
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