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Older Adults Division

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Mental health and emotional wellbeing are as important in older age as at any other time of life. As well as the typical life stressors common to all people, many older adults have additional potential stresses more frequently encountered as we age that can leave them vulnerable to mental health problems.

These can include increased risk of physical health related conditions such as heart disease, or problems such as limited mobility, chronic pain or frailty.  In addition, older people are more likely to experience events such as bereavement, changes in socioeconomic status with retirement, or a disability.
Without proper recognition, assessment and intervention these factors, amongst others, can result in isolation, loss of independence, loneliness and psychological distress in older people.  LPFT dementia and specialist older adult mental health services' primary aim is to address and support these needs by putting the people who use our services at the very centre of decision making and working with them and their communities to shape and deliver care that achieves the best possible outcomes and experience.

Older Adults Division aligned services

We provide a range of community and inpatient services and contribute to all key care pathways for older adults with dementia or mental health-related needs within the broader Lincolnshire health pathways.

Our Older Adult Division aligned services include:

  • Community Memory Assessment and Management Services (MAMS)
    For people of any age experiencing needs associated with suspected or diagnosed dementia and associated complex needs.

  • Older Adult Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs)
    For adults aged 65 years + presenting with complex mental health problems (e.g. severe depression, anxiety etc.) with specialist needs
  • Inpatient Services
    Separate specialist wards for people of any age with dementia with complex needs and for adults aged 65 years + with complex mental health needs.
  • Mental Health Liaison Services (MHLS)
    Provide support diagnosis and treatment of mental health needs for all people 16 years + within acute hospital (ULHT).
  • Home Treatment Team (HTT) – starts15th October 2018
    Provide intense short-term support and intervention to prevent unnecessary admission of older adults to hospital and/or support more timely discharge.
  • Neuropsychology Services
    Provide assessment, support and advice to people with neurological problems of varying causes; including brain injury, neurological problems, multiple sclerosis, and people experiencing difficulties with memory and concentration with no known cause.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) service
    A multidisciplinary specialist service, which provides treatment for adults and children who have a medically confirmed diagnosis of CFS or ME.

Our service priorities concentrate on:

  • Providing quality care in terms of safety, effectiveness and patient experience
  • Specialist assessment, diagnosis and treatment
  • Promoting optimal recovery and/or quality of life and wellbeing
  • A focus on individual engagement to promote choice and control in relation to their needs
  • High quality information to inform and support care
  • Connecting care through close working with other care providers to ensure joined-up care experiences for people using our services.

Referrals

Direct referrals are made through local GPs via the Trust's Single Point of Access (refer to panel on right-hand-side of this page for contact details) and via county wide Neighbourhood Teams.
Internal referrals can also be made professional to professional via service staff within the older adult community services, adult community services, mental health intermediate care and mental health liaison services.