Older People’s Acute Inpatient Services provide care and support for people with acute mental health needs including dementia. This service is delivered in our inpatient unit, The Mount, a short walk from the centre of Leeds. Here at The Mount we complete holistic assessment, treatment and rehabilitation over a 24 hour period. Although we are an older adult service our admission are not exclusively over 65 years of age. If anyone younger than 65 requires our service, we also work to meet there needs, this is primarily people who are clinically frail or with younger onset dementia.
The Mount consists of four primary wards. There are two wards for dementia assessment, ward 1 for males and ward 2 for females. The dementia assessment service has 32 beds in total and can be accessed by any person with dementia who needs a period of assessment and treatment. The older adult acute mental health service runs across wards 3 and 4. There are 48 beds in total across these wards.
The Mount boasts a large multi-disciplinary team (MDT) across the wards and hospital. This MDT approach to care allows for people to have access to specialist input from Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT), Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dieticians as well as many more professions. The MDT approach that we deliver here allows for better outcomes for our service users and person-centred care plans.
We are one of many teaching sites across Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This means that we have a variety of learners on our wards including student nurses, trainee doctors and apprentice support workers. These learners allow our service to benefit from their current knowledge of practice developments, research and keep our services working with the most up-to-date evidence based background.
The hospital is surrounded by gardens that service users and their loved ones have access to. In summer there are music groups and social events held in our tranquillity area. There is also a secure sensory garden within the hospital to allow people with dementia accessing our inpatient service a safe place to access the outdoors. A centralised courtyard is also overlooked by the wards and this along with the multi-faith room can be accessed by anyone who attends our hospital.