Mental Health

We understand the challenges of mental health and dementia care

Mental health is as vital as physical health for people living with dementia. Depression and anxiety are among the most common mental health problems in later life and are common symptoms in people with dementia, especially in circumstances where a person is aware of their deteriorating capabilities.

Depression and anxiety are among the

most common mental health problems in later life

The impact of mental ill-health

  • Over a third of the public think that people with a mental health issue are likely to be violent.
  • Women aged 65 and over have the highest suicide rate, with rates for men second highest.
  • People with severe mental illness are more likely to be the victims, rather than the perpetrators, of violent crime.
  • Reduced mental health impacts on individuals and their families, in lost income, lower educational attainment, quality of life and a shorter life span.
  • There has been an increase in the number of older people with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
  • Among significant stress factors are redundancy and relationship breakdown.

MHFA statistics

People have trusted Pennine Lodge to provide high quality, person-centred care in a safe and supportive and inviting environment for many years. We understand that dementia and mental health care present specific challenges. We provide mental health care in a residential setting for working-age and older adults with mental health and associated complex health needs including:

  • Dementia that has progressed with associated complex health and personal care needs.
  • Mental health conditions that have stabilised due to treatment and ageing including conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Mental health issues with associated dementia resulting in complex and challenging care needs, i.e. aggression, inhibitive behaviour, sensory and physical stressors and mobility needs.
  • Care needs that require specialist support.
  • End of life care.

Ageing and mental health at Pennine Lodge

The services we offer include:

  • Flexible residential and 24-hour care with care plans that are tailored to the needs of the individual.
  • High quality and supportive care in a safe and comfortable environment.

The care we provide is individual, flexible and diverse and is provided by a multi-disciplinary team, comprising of care staff, occupational therapists, psychologists and support staff.

We work closely with our local authority community mental health teams and NHS acute mental health services to arrange assessments and plan for appropriate and timely hospital discharges. In addition, we regularly consult a range of leading mental health specialists, healthcare professionals, and loved ones when appropriate, to ensure the person’s best interests are fully represented so we consistently offer the very best standards of care. We work in a safe, supportive, specially adapted environment which aims to maximise a person’s independence and enhance their self-esteem.

Therapeutic living environment

Our home is bright and colourful and has an atmosphere of hope and optimism. Our dedicated care teams undertake bespoke training, including understanding conditions and promoting independence, and build supportive relationships with our ladies and gentlemen.

Enjoy time outdoors

We understand the importance of access to the outdoors as it provides the opportunity for exercise and fresh air, relieves tension and anxiety and offers personal space for reflection. Spending time outside in sunlight for brief periods of time can improve appetite and the sleep cycle and also helps the natural absorption of vitamin D, which is essential for maintaining healthy bones.It also provides stimulation in the form of colour, texture, sound, and natural fragrances.

Spending time in gardens has been shown to positively affect a person’s emotions and to improve their sense of well-being. At Pennine Lodge we have private, secure gardens with easy access and pathways that you or your loved one can follow safely.

How we can help with the right help and support

At Pennine Lodge, you or your loved one has a voice, you have choice and control over your or your loved one’s care, treatment and support.

Talking openly about mental health can help people understand their own experiences and get the right advice and support quickly:

  • Peer support helps to reduce the stigma and isolation that many older people with mental health problems experience.
  • Talking to health care providers leads to more personalised services for our ladies and gentlemen.
  • Welcoming and inclusive communities like ours, where older people with mental health problems each have a role, encourage openness and understanding.
  • Our psychological therapies provide insight into the person and help us to build strategies for coping with their individual mental health problems.

If you would like to speak to our registered manager or matron

about the services we provide, please click here.