So you have a troubled family member and wish to consider a residential treatment facility. What should you do?
– Find out exactly what is wrong with your relation
– Consider several facilities
– Work out your finances
It sounds simple but if you diligently follow these three steps, the chances are you and your troubled loved one will make the right decision. The end result of course is that a life or two may be changed for good forever. Let’s take each step one at a time.
Knowing precisely the nature of the problem for the would-be resident is vital. You cannot select the right venue unless you know in detail what is troubling your family member. Seeking professional help from medical and educational professionals is the best way to make an assessment. The symptoms may be obvious but it’s the cause of those symptoms which must be discovered. Is it depression, ADHD, dyslexia or drugs which are at the root of the behavior? Or something else perhaps? Once you know the cause you can then set about selecting the right facility.
And by select I mean thoroughly investigate. All reputable facilities welcome interest from prospective clients. They will have a web site and brochure and be willing to communicate freely by phone or email and answer any questions. They will usually welcome personal inspections. Now depending on distance, a personal visit is highly recommended. You may have thoughts about how dreadful the venue may be for your relative. Allay those fears and doubts by taking a tour of a possible facility. See the dining room and kitchen faculties, see the games room and bedrooms. Meet the staff and see all the faculties which are on offer. You will feel better and be better able to make the right choice. Remember to consider several facilities before making your choice.
Money is certainly an issue with a residential treatment facility. They are not cheap. It’s full board for the troubled residents, plus academic studies and therapy. Often the therapists are available around the clock. All of these professionals cost and so the expense of a stay can be quite high. There are various ways to meet the cost. Insurance policies specifically for this type of treatment are an ideal solution. Financial arrangements from the facility where you pay a deposit and the balance over a period of time is another alternative. Finally you could seek sponsorship from a government agency or other benevolent source. But whatever you do, don’t take your eye off the financial ball because it is an important part of the whole event.
Treatment centers often have a basis for their existence. It might be a faith-based center, a New Age venue or something more social or more like a clinic. Again you need to match the needs of the would-be resident with the program and ambiance of the facility. Visit them, find out how they operate and what they offer and make a sensible choice for the benefit of all concerned.