Faces of Rosecrance: Laurel Malloy

Laurel Malloy is a Team Leader at one of Rosecrance’s Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA). The clients who live in these homes all have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

“One of my most important responsibilities is doing our clients’ treatment plan and mental health assessment. We develop goals that they would like to work on, whether that be going out into the community more, or learning how to manage their own money. The annual mental health assessment goes a little bit deeper into what services they may need, and assessing how they have been doing within the past year.”

There are a total of four apartments at the site where Laurel is located, with two clients living in each apartment. Rosecrance provides a skills-building group on-site as well as a food & nutrition session. There are five full-time employees at this location.

“Some of our clients have been here for over fifteen years. We get to know them really well and what we can do to help them. Some of them have medical diagnoses or emotional difficulties because of their mental health disorder.”

“Sometimes when our clients struggle or regress a little bit, we grieve with them. But on the other hand, we also get to celebrate with them when they succeed. When they get really excited about stuff, we get excited. We try to work through their experiences with them just as it would be happening to us.”

“One of the clients in her sixties has relied on staff to take her grocery shopping, because – in addition to her diagnosis, she is unable to read or write. We developed a goal in her treatment plan for her to learn how to go grocery shopping on her own. Instead of making a written list, we made a picture grocery list of every item that she wanted to get. She was able to match the picture with the item, and get everything on her list. She was even getting on the bus and going all the way out to East State Street. It’s a simple task that we all take for granted, but she’s been able to do that all on her own.”

“Overall I think that there’s a huge stigma with mental health. People who don’t know about schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder absorb what they see from the movies or TV shows. They might think that these people are dangerous criminals, they can’t function in the community, and they need to be in an institution. We work really hard to break that stigma. We’re constantly going out in the community for basic things like appointments and grocery shopping, but we’re also taking them for fun things like trips to Magic Waters & Medieval Times. When they’re out in the community, people can see that you don’t need to be afraid of them, they’re just normal people.”