Orchard House Day Hospital

Orchard House Day Hospital is a service for people over 65 who have been referred into mental health services and are experiencing problems with carrying out normal everyday activities and hobbies.

This includes personal care and the ability to get out to do tasks such as shopping, or to attend social groups, or see family and friends.

Patients are offered support with managing their symptoms and coping with the changes in their life caused by their mental health problems. They are also given opportunities to explore activities and techniques which will allow them to retain their independence and contacts within the community.

The service is able to support people who would otherwise need admission to an acute mental health ward, working closely with the Home Treatment team, and can also support people as they are discharged from the acute wards. This is through enabling safe and strong discharge, sometimes enabling an early discharge and frequently preventing readmission.

We provide a range of therapeutic groups and activities which help people to regain their confidence and manage their symptoms including wellbeing groups and anxiety management.

The aim of our service is for every person that comes, to work towards managing their symptoms and regaining their skills and confidence in activities of everyday life – shopping, cooking, socialising and playing an active role both in their family and their community.

Orchard House is staffed by mental health nurses, occupational therapists, nursing assistants and technical instructors; with a link worker to help people get involved with activities which are going on in the community.

Consultant psychiatrists visit regularly to review the progress of patients; while psychologists, physiotherapists and Age UK benefits advisors also visit on a regular basis to provide treatment and support to patients.