CARING FOR THEM

Supporting and caring for someone who is living with schizophrenia can be challenging, but at the same time very rewarding.

Helping them get the treatment they need now

If the person you care for is struggling with schizophrenia symptoms that have gotten worse, you may want to ask their healthcare provider about treatment options. It’s also important to ask about other treatment options if they're having trouble taking, or remembering to take, their medication. If they’re not staying on track, their symptoms may become less manageable.

If their healthcare provider recommends a long-acting injectable (LAI) medication, you may want to ask about PERSERIS (risperidone).

PERSERIS is an injectable treatment designed to consistently deliver medicine to treat schizophrenia symptoms throughout one month. PERSERIS is just one dose, given by a healthcare provider once every month, and does not require additional risperidone (pills or injections) at the start of, or during, treatment.

PERSERIS is an injection given by a healthcare provider. If the person you care for is new to risperidone, their healthcare provider will give them a small oral dose to test for side effects prior to treatment. Some patients, depending on their current risperidone dose, may not be candidates for PERSERIS.

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Is PERSERIS right for them?

Talk to their healthcare provider to get the answers you need. Our Healthcare Provider Discussion Guide for Caregivers can help you start the conversation.

How you can help

There are many ways you can help the person you care for. Here are just a few:

  • Scheduling and attending healthcare appointments
  • Helping out with daily activities, like shopping and preparing meals
  • Monitoring their symptoms
  • Discussing treatment options
  • Offering emotional support
  • Communicating with healthcare providers, once the person you care for has given you permission
  • Helping others understand how to respond to and help them

Understanding their condition

As a caregiver, the more you know about schizophrenia, the more prepared you can be, and the more you can understand their condition.

It is important to know how to respond to certain situations when they may be experiencing symptoms. For example, you may want to:

  • Remember that hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that don’t exist) may seem very real to them
  • Acknowledge what they are experiencing
  • Be respectful, supportive, and kind
  • Be aware of dangerous or inappropriate behavior
  • Learn the triggers of relapse such as skipping medication or abusing drugs and alcohol