Home Treatment Team – Mental Health Crisis Team for Older Adults

  • Home
  • Services
  • Home Treatment Team – Mental Health Crisis Team for Older Adults
Add to CPD Subscribe to page updates Start a discussion

Short-term specialist support and treatment for those aged 70+ who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Provides a rapid response, time-limited intervention for older adults in a mental health crisis, delivered in a person’s home.

Service can provide:

  • Daily home visits for support and treatment for up to six weeks
  • Support 365 days of the year
  • Multidisciplinary assessment
  • Support and advice for family carers
  • Medication management
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Treatment for physical health issues
  • Support to facilitate early discharge for inpatients mental health wards (e.g. Highgate Mental Health Centre)

The service aims to assess within 4 hours of receiving a referral (depending on the identified risks) and work with clients for a period up to 6 weeks, with initially daily visits if tolerated, with an aim to reduce these gradually.

The team consists of mental health nurses, 2 OT's and a support worker, with input from a consultant psychiatrist (0.5 WTE).

Eligibility criteria


  • Patients aged 70+
  • Patients with confirmed diagnosis of dementia (if the patient is under 70 but has non-alcohol related dementia we would accept the referral)
  • Those at risk of admission to Highgate Mental health Centre during a mental health crisis (both functional and organic clients)

How to Refer

GP referral by telephone.

t: 0333 200 7193

Monday–Friday, 08:00–19:00

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 08:00–16:00

Please note that accepting a referral does not always mean we will work with the client. We will offer an assessment and then make a decision – the outcome of the assessment will always be sent to the GP via nhs.net.

Contact Details

Home Treatment Team

e: cim-tr.HomeTreatmentTeam@nhs.net

t: 0333 200 7193