The Older People’s Mental Health Service offers further specialist support to the elderly and their carers. The services’ person-centred approach enables the team to fully utilise the skills of a team of multidisciplinary professionals and include family and friends to develop an understanding of a person’s unique needs.
This service works with individuals who have mental health and/or memory problems, not only focusing on keeping individuals independent and in their own homes but working to improve their quality of life by working on general health and wellbeing, encouraging engagement in hobbies and activities, and offering help and support to carers in a number of ways – including training.
Who is the service for?
The service provides care for people who have any of the following types of illness:
- Dementia or memory loss
- Clinical depression
- Extreme stress, anxiety or phobias (fearful states)
- Mental health problems which seriously affect daily living
What services do we offer?
Once you have been referred and assessed, there are 7 specialist teams within the service that can help support you:
- The Carer Support Team
- The team offer a support service that includes educational and advisory support and health and wellbeing support.
- Admiral Nurses
- The team work in partnership with family carers and people with dementia, providing emotional and psychological support and guidance about accessing services.
- Dementia Engagement
- The Dementia Engagement project was introduced to engage those living with or caring for those living with dementia including the organisation of groups and activities, events and volunteering opportunities.
- The Therapy Team
- The team offers help and support to older people in order to build up their confidence and ability to achieve personal goals to enable them to engage with the community. They aim to improve general health, wellbeing and quality of life.
- The Functional Team
- The team focus primarily on illness of a functional nature, such as depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar, psychosis, anxiety, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorders. They liaise with many other internal and external services to provide a care co-ordination.
- Training and Development
- The training courses offered are mental health first aid, dementia friends, Dementia Bee three day program, safeguarding adults, RESPECT training and social role valorisation.
- Care Home Liaison
- The team take referrals from individuals who are living on a permanent basis in a care home. The team offer Dementia Care Mapping, support to manage Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) amongst other non-pharmaceutical interventions.
HOW DO I ACCESS THE Community Mental Health and Memory Service?
Referrals are made via the Single Point of Access by your GP.
When the team receives a referral via the SPA, the person referred is offered an appointment for an assessment. This normally takes place in their own home but an alternative venue can be arranged if appropriate.
If you are already using our services you can contact the team directly.