Community mental health team (older adults)
The community mental health team for older adults is made up of two teams – the community mental health team and the community based intervention team. Both teams include a range of health professionals who provide support for older adults who are of post-retirement age. The service works with people who have moderate to severe mental health problems and physical health problems that impact on their mental health.
Our aim is to reduce mental health symptoms and level of distress by assessing mental health needs and offering a variety of treatment options. Team members within the service have chosen to work with older people and have specialist knowledge in understanding problems that arise with age. The service uses knowledge and expertise to deliver a tailor made service.
Why would someone choose the service
Many people approach and deal with ageing as a natural progression in their lives, for others it is accompanied by negative thoughts and feelings.
The community mental health team for older adults recognises that difficulties faced by older people are different from any other group in society. Our staff have all chosen to work in this area and have undertaken training to help us understand the difficulties you may be experiencing.
Our team will assess your mental health needs, looking at all aspects of your life so that we can work together to design the best treatment plan for you.
The types of treatment we offer include; managing depression and anxiety, managing the effects of bereavement , helping people adapt to different ways of coping and getting back into the community. For those who have long term mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and bi-polar affective disorder, we offer education about the illness, ways of coping and managing symptoms and how the ageing process effects the illness as well as drug therapy. We also offer advice and support to family and carers.
Our service also runs a drop-in group (link when leaflet has been developed) where people can meet others with similar difficulties to help each other and develop friendships.
Whatever your diagnosis, our staff will help you work at your own pace and always respect your wishes.
We have received a range of service user feedback from evaluation questionnaires which include comments such as:
- “The support and treatment I have received was excellent”
- “I am highly satisfied”
- “ I am in a much better place than I was at the beginning of my treatment”
Staff you may meet
- Non-clinical support staff
- Nursing assistant
- Occupational therapist
- Other clinical staff
- Social worker
- Support worker