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Community Teams for Older Adults

Who is our service for?

We have six community teams for older adults. There are three in Sandwell covering Rowley Regis and Tipton, Smethwick and Oldbury, and Wednesbury and West Bromwich. The three Wolverhampton teams cover the North, South East and South West of the city.

The teams give community support to people over 65 years of age who have many kinds of mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, hearing voices, and dementia. We can also give support to people under 65 who have identified memory problems.

How do we help? 

When we feel that someone would benefit from our service, we meet with them to find out what their mental health needs are. Based on this meeting we make a treatment plan, which outlines for someone the kinds of support they can get. The treatment plan can be changed to fit as time goes on. 

Our aim is to give people the support to live well in the community. This can involve many things. We can help people with their medication and give advice on how someone can manage their own mental health needs. We can support someone to carry on with parts of their daily living like self-care, home tasks, and leisure activities. We also run a range of group sessions at venues in the community, and give one-on-one talking therapy sessions for such things as anxiety management and relaxation.

Working in our teams we have community psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, occupational therapy technical instructors, and community health care support workers. We also work closely with psychiatrists and psychologists. Having this range of staff means we are more able to meet someone’s needs.

We normally spend time with people in their own homes for one-on-one sessions, and at various places in the community for group work.

How do you access or refer into our service?

We have what we call an ‘open referral system’. This means that we accept both someone referring themselves and health professionals referring someone else.

What happens in an emergency?

We will respond to emergency calls during our working hours. These are Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm. Outside of these hours, people should call an out-of-hour service like that run by GPs. 

What about carers and families?

Part of our role is to support carers. Where there is an acute mental health issue, we offer carer support as part of the treatment plan. Where someone’s mental health is stable and the carer is in need of continued support, we can help the carer get in touch with the specialist carer support team for older adults.

How do you reach us?

Sandwell Older Adults Community Mental Health Teams

Each of our three community teams for older adults is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.  

Wednesbury and West Bromwich Community Team for Older Adults
2nd  Floor
Edward Street Hospital
Edward Street
West Bromwich
B70 8NL

Tel: 0121-612-8213

Smethwick and Oldbury Community Team for Older Adults
Edward Street Community Team Base
Edward Street
West Bromwich
B70 8NJ

Tel: 0121-612-8836

Rowley Regis and Tipton Community Team for Older Adults
Edward Street Community Team Base
Edward Street
West Bromwich
B70 8NJ

Tel: 0121-612-8836

Wolverhampton Older Adults Community Mental Health Team
The teams are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Brooklands Health Centre
Brooklands Parade,
WV1 2 ND