Who is our service for?
Our service is for people who are already known to mental health services and have a mental health problem that affects their daily living.
How do we help?
In our team we have Senior Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Practitioners (qualified nurses) and Support, Time and Recovery Workers (support workers). We given intensive support for a limited amount of time, usually between 4 and 6 weeks. Someone might need this extra support for a number of reasons. For instance, they might not be able to manage with the current level of support they are given by their community team, or they might be leaving hospital and need intensive care while they settle back into the community. Our aim is to avoid unnecessary hospital admission and help people with successful discharge from hospital.
We can visit someone daily, 7 days a week. During the visits, we can help someone with such things as managing their medication, doing everyday things, finding out about their illness, and getting in touch with our other services. We can also give support to carers and significant others.
During the time we spend with someone, we encourage them to be active in finding treatments and a care plan that is right for them. Below are examples of the therapeutic treatments we offer:
- Assessment of the person needs including mental health, social and physical health screening
- Crisis Intervention and helping find suitable agencies to meet ongoing needs
- Management of risks
- Anxiety or Depression Awareness and Management
- Programme of Relaxation
- Memory Management - tips and techniques on how to retain memory skills
- Life History/Profiles
- Confidence Building
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Think Good Feel Good)
- Solution Focussed Therapy
- Wellness Recovery Action Planning
- Medication Compliance, monitoring therapeutic effects and side effects
- Carer support and education
Who can refer into our service?
Medical Teams, Community Nurses and Community Occupational Therapists can refer someone to our serivice. Those referring someone should send relevant documentation via the Single Assessment Process which will include an outline of the persons care needs from the perspective of identifying the purpose for intensive support. Telephone reffrals will be taken, but are only acted upon when confirmed by the relevant documentation. We will accept referrals from the person themselves at weekend providing they have a named Nurse or Occupational Therapist currently involved in their care, and feel they need extra support over the weekend.
What happens in an emergency?
Between 8.00am to 4.00pm, someone can contact use in the event of a mental health emergency. Outside of these hours, a person should contact an out-of-hours GP service, the Accident and Emergency Department of their local hospital or the Emergency Duty Service offered by Sandwell Assist (social services).
What about carers and families?
We can give carers information and education regarding the best way to support their loved ones. This can enable the loved one to remain in their own home whilst receiving intensive treatment.
How do you reach us?
We work every day, 8.00am to 4.00pm.
Older Adults Home Treatment Team
Rounds Green Road