We understand the challenges of mental health and dementia care
There are over 800,000 people with dementia in the UK today. By 2021, there will be over 940,000 people living with dementia and this is forecast to soar to 1.7 million by 2050. One in three people over the age of 65 will die with dementia, and there are also 16,000 people under the age of 65 with the condition in the UK.
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, yet as few as 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 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 effective.
- There has been an increase in the number of older people with eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia). Among the key stress factors are redundancy and relationship breakdown.
Families just like yours have trusted Towerview Care to provide care for their loved ones with mental health needs and related Alzheimer’s, dementia. We provide our care in safe and supportive, friendly environments and understand that dementia and mental health care presents specific challenges and requires much more than simply carrying out a series of practical tasks.
We provide mental health care in a residential setting 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 end of life
- Mental health conditions that have stabilised due to treatment and aging; this includes conditions such as schizophrenia and bi polar 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 the local NHS, Local Authority Community Mental Health teams and NHS acute mental health services to arrange assessments and plan for appropriate and timely hospital discharges. We continually consult a range of leading mental health specialists to ensure that we are offering the very best standards of care 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 offers 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 Towerview 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 help and support quickly, for example:
- Peer support that 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 Towerview Care you have a voice, choice and control over your care, treatment and support so that you can continue to live well.
We work in partnership with community healthcare specialists to supplement the care that we provide.