- Adequate resources for basic needs.
- Father's mother staying with the family.
- Father's concern about his wife and family.
Entry Point: The major concern
being the illness of the mother, the worker can ensure treatment
for the illness. This brings about little hope in the family.
In this family, the mother has a psychiatric problem, for
which she may need expert advice and care. The worker should
encourage the mother to see a doctor and help in follow-up
and drug compliance. The other family members should be explained
that the mother's behaviour is not deliberate and that she
has some psychiatric problem. Since the grandmother is at
home, she should be encouraged to help in child care. Her
efforts in this regard should be appreciated. The father should
be explained about his increased responsibility. The worker
may help to plan his routine and may extend emotional support.
If may be necessary to make use of the resources outside
the family like neighbours, relatives and friends for child
care since the grandmother is very old.
A family with a mentally ill patient will need special attention
and care. The worker might be able to help the children by
giving extra time, involving them in play and encouraging
them to interact with other kids. Any stigma in the community
that exists because of the mental illness should also be dealt
with by education and information.
- Improvement in mother's condition.
- Birth control measures adopted.
- Better coping/more confidence in the father.
- Better father-children relationship.
- Good routine and stimulation for children.