Essex sees a significant number of individuals affected by schizophrenia. If the condition is as widespread as the rest of the UK, there are around 18,420 people with schizophrenia in Essex (approximately 1% of the population). By understanding the condition better, we can reduce stigma and provide more effective support.
Schizophrenia is not a single, easily defined condition. It's a spectrum of disorders characterised by symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, disorganised thinking, and social withdrawal. Factors like genetics, brain chemistry, and environmental influences can contribute to its development and often develop in teenagers and young adults.
If you start to notice the signs of schizophrenia, it is crucial to get an accurate and timely diagnosis. The condition is difficult for the sufferer and the primary carer spends on average 6 to 9 hours a day caring for them. Essex offers a range of mental health services and treatment options, and it's vital to seek help as early as possible.
Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals has a proven track record of delivering detailed, high-quality support and enablement for individuals living with schizophrenia. We provide flexible and customised care services designed to address a wide range of needs.
Butterfly’s Care Group can help you support your loved one, in particular with our professional supported living service. We also support carers with our respite care service. The condition is a sometimes intense and full-time role for carers, so a respite from your role is often a welcome one.
Butterfly's Care Services uses experienced care professionals in the support of individuals with schizophrenia. We ensure that dedicated care plans are created for the individual based on their condition and when episodes are most likely to occur.
Our care professionals have access to a digital system that shares your loved ones' care plan with any carers affiliated with Butterfly's. We try to ensure there is consistency with your care professional, however, if your carer does need to change they are fully informed about your loved ones' condition, how best to approach any situation and medication information.
Essex has several mental health organisations, clinics, and hospitals that offer specialised support for individuals with schizophrenia.
Living with schizophrenia can be challenging, but it's not an insurmountable obstacle. With the right support, many individuals lead fulfilling lives. Often schizophrenic episodes are unavoidable, but with the right lifestyle and support, individuals can reduce relapses. In order to avoid an episode, there are three actions individuals can take:
A healthy lifestyle
Avoid smoking, drugs and alcohol
In-Home Care is a valuable option for individuals with less severe schizophrenia who can live independently but require assistance with daily tasks. At Butterfly's, our team conducts a thorough assessment of each client's unique needs and preferences; working closely with their families to create personalised care plans.
Our dedicated and well-trained caregivers offer a range of services, from household chores to personal care and medication assistance. Our care packages are flexible and affordable, providing support for as little as 15 minutes a day up to 24 hours.
Butterfly’s Respite Care service is here to help primary caregivers take a break. Schizophrenia is one of the most intense mental health conditions and can require up to 9 hours per day of support.
Our professional caregivers will look after your family members as if they were their own.
Supported Living serves as an ideal option for individuals who require more care than can be provided by an in-home caregiver but do not wish to reside in a care home. Butterfly's offers a variety of supported living accommodations designed to provide necessary support while preserving independence.
Our trained caregivers work closely with each individual, tailoring their support based on their unique needs. Supported living arrangements can be single occupancy or shared, depending on individual preferences. We currently offer supported living options at our Braintree and Colchester locations.
Butterfly's operates four care homes located in Colchester, Braintree, Walton-on-the-Naze, and Alresford. These homes provide a continuum of care, making them an ideal choice for individuals with schizophrenia. Our care homes offer a warm and welcoming environment, delivering exceptional care to all our residents. Each care plan is individualised to ensure the highest level of support and comfort.
We are incredibly proud of the level of care we offer from our highly professional, family-run care group. Since 2004 we have been caring for, getting to know and learning from our clients. We offer:
A team of fully-trained, highly qualified carers.
Continuity of care from our local sites, so you will quickly become familiar with your local Butterfly’s carers. We never use agency carers as we know how important it is to see a friendly, familiar face!
An online portal to allow families to feel part of their loved one’s care and have access to view care notes.
The freedom to talk to us and give us feedback. We value any suggestions that will improve our care packages even further.