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Exemplar homes care for people with long-term mental ill-health including anxiety, depression, personality disorder, severe affective disorders and schizophrenia.
Often, individuals may experience mental health issues in combination with other conditions, which add to the complexity of diagnosis and management. We also care for those with complex behavioural needs, often a result of brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.
We can help when mental health symptoms are to such a degree that the person experiences significant impairment, such as an inability to care for themselves independently, sustain relationships or work.
Tim, 48, began experiencing mental health problems as a teenager. He suffered anxiety and depression, leading to extreme agitation and challenging behaviour. Following years of placements, he was finally taken into custody following a violent outburst and detained in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit where his medication was stabilised.
On arrival at Exemplar Tim required encouragement to maintain his personal hygiene and to develop regular sleeping patterns. Counselling sessions with mental health nurses helped maintain his motivation and mood. Over time, and with patient intervention, counselling, and therapy, Tim’s independence and confidence increased and he was able make trips outside of the home, attend a computing and maths course, and set himself a walking and swimming regime.
After two years Tim is enjoying life, has learned strategies to recognise and manage his symptoms and has moved to a OneCare flat, with reduced costs, where he lives with more independence. His long-term goal is to return to living in the community.
“From initially requiring 1:1 support from the nursing and care home team, to now living more independently, we have been able to meet Tim’s needs as he progresses towards his goals.” Diane Howden, Home Manager
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We promote positive therapeutic relationships with the help of carefully chosen professionals who share our empathy and understanding. Mental health nurses work closely with community mental health teams and multi-disciplinary therapists to meet individual needs.
By working together, we can avoid acute admissions and support people with very complex needs in a home environment.
We work collaboratively with service users, loved ones and professionals to earn the trust of individuals in our care, allowing them to express their concerns, negotiate options, and build an understanding of their condition. Between us, and over time, we help individuals to overcome barriers, identify solutions, and establish control over their lives.
|To speak to our specialist team about mental ill-health care within Exemplar care homes:|
|Call: 01709 565 777||Email the referrals team|