Nov
29
2017

Seniors mental health expands to Kings County

Strengthening mental health services -

Kings County seniors with complex mental health conditions now have access to a new team of community-based care professionals.

Previously available in Prince and Queens counties, a Seniors Mental Health Resource Team is now operating in Kings County out of both Montague and Souris. Government is investing approximately $900,000 annually to support seniors mental health through Health PEI’s operating budget.

“We remain strongly committed to strengthening mental health services that support Islanders, including our seniors,” said Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson. “It is important that we help seniors to remain independent for as long as possible and we are committed to improving their quality of life and well-being – as well as that of their families and caregivers.”

The Seniors Mental Health Resource Teams serve older adults who are experiencing complex emotional, cognitive, functional or behavioral problems. They provide clinic-based services and community outreach to clients in their homes, in community care, and in long-term care facilities.

The teams include:

  • registered nurses;
  • licensed practical nurses;
  • social work; and,
  • psychiatry.

Teams also work collaboratively with primary care, home care, the Provincial Geriatrician Program, in-patient psychiatric units and family physicians.

Referrals to the Seniors Mental Health Resource Teams can be made by an individual; however, it is preferred that they be made whenever possible by a health care provider. The Prince and Queens county teams received approximately 360 referrals last year and another 160 new referrals since this past April.

The Kings County team has received six client referrals since it started operating earlier this month.

“Our teams strive to reduce the impact of psychiatric symptoms, improve the quality of life of clients and their caregivers, and assist in maintaining independent living,” said Carol Hameline, clinical supervisor for Community Mental Health-East. “We are excited to now have a team in place to support Island seniors in Kings County, making our service truly provincial in nature. We’ve received very positive comments from our clients and their families in just a few short weeks, reinforcing that we are truly making a difference in the quality of life of the seniors that we are supporting.” 

For more information about mental health services, visit www.healthpei.ca/mentalhealth.

 

Media contact:
Amanda Hamel

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