We understand the challenges of mental health and dementia care
Mental health is as vital as physical health and well-being for people living with dementia. Depression or anxiety are common symptoms for people with dementia, especially when they may be aware of their deteriorating capabilities.
Depression and anxiety are among the most common mental health problems in later life.
- 1 in 4 people aged over 65 live with depression and 40% of people aged 85 or over live with debilitating depression that affects their ability to engage in daily activities.
- For every 100 people with depression, only 50 seek treatment, and only 25 are diagnosed.
- As few as 6% of older people with depression are referred to mental health services, compared to 50% of those under 65.
- Less than 2% are referred for primary care psychological therapy.
- There is no one single cause for depression in later life. It results from many factors, including family/life history, bereavement and grief, physical ill health, and/or, coming to terms with a particular phase in later life.
- Depression in later life is strongly linked to physical ill health and disability. However, few than 10-12 % of older people living with two or more long-term conditions are treated for depression.
- People aged 65 and over have the highest suicide rate for women and the second-highest for men.
- There are approximately 70,000 older people with schizophrenia in the UK. Early intervention in treating symptoms of late-onset schizophrenia can be useful.
- There has been an increase in the number of older people with eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia).
- Among significant stress, factors are redundancy and relationship breakdown.
Perceptions of mental ill-health
- Over a third of the public think people with a mental health issue are likely to be violent.
- People with severe mental illness are more likely to be the victims, rather than the perpetrators, of violent crime.
- People with mental ill-health are more dangerous to themselves than to others: 80-90% of people who die by suicide are experiencing mental distress.
- Poor mental health impacts on individuals and their families, in lost income, lower educational attainment, quality of life and a much shorter life span.
People just like you and your loved ones have trusted Bridge, Burton and Trent Court to provide high quality, person-centred care in a warm and inviting environment many years. We provide our care in safe, supportive and friendly homes. We understand that dementia and mental health care presents specific challenges and therefore requires more than merely carrying out a series of practical tasks.
We provide mental health care in a residential setting for working-age and older adults with mental health and associated complex health needs:
- Dementia that has progressed with associated complex health and personal care
- needs leading to the end of life
- Mental health conditions that have stabilised due to treatment and ageing; this includes conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
- Mental health with associated dementia resulting in complex and challenging care needs, i.e. aggression, inhibitive behaviour, sensory and physical stressors and mobility needs.
- Care needs requiring nursing and specialist support.
The services we offer include:
- Individualised care plans structured around the person
- Flexible residential and 24-hour nursing care tailored to the needs of the individual
- High quality and supportive care in a comfortable environment
We work closely with our local authority community mental Health teams and NHS acute mental health services. We work to arrange assessments and plan for appropriate and timely hospital discharges. In addition, we continually consult a range of leading mental health specialists to ensure that we are offering the very best standards of care. As a result, we work in a safe, supportive, specially adapted environment that maximise a person’s independence and enhance their self-esteem.
The care we provided is individual, flexible and diverse and is provided by a multi-disciplinary team, comprising of registered nurses, care staff, occupational therapists and psychologists. Regular reviews are conducted with other healthcare professionals, family and friends, if appropriate, to ensure the people we support best interests are fully supported and represented.
Therapeutic living environment
Our living environments create an atmosphere of hope and optimism delivered by our specialist teams through empathetic and supportive relationships. Our care teams have undertaken bespoke training, including understanding conditions and the promotion of independence.
Enjoy time outdoors
We understand the importance of access to the outdoors as it provides the opportunity for exercise, fresh air, relieves tension and anxiety and offers personal space for reflection and privacy. Being outside stimulates the production of vitamin D, helping to maintain healthy muscles and bones. It also provides stimulation in the form of different colours, textures and natural smells and sounds.
Spending time outside in a garden has been shown to positively affect a person’s emotions and to improve their sense of well-being. At Bridge, Burton and Trent Court we have private, secure gardens with easy access and pathways you can follow safely.
How we can help with the right help and support
Talking openly about mental health can help people understand their own experiences, and in getting the right advice and support quickly, for example:
- Peer support helps to reduce the stigma and isolation that many older people with mental health problems experience;
- Responsive and personalised services;
- Welcoming and inclusive communities like ours where older people with mental health problems have a role;
- Psychological therapies that provide insight and strategies for coping with mental health problems.
How this works?
At Bridge, Burton and Trent Court care homes, you or your loved one has a voice. Above all, you have choice and control over your or your loved one’s care, treatment and support.