New service offers mental health care in the home

The Mental Health Adult Home Treatment Team
The Mental Health Adult Home Treatment Team
July 7, 2020

A new mental health service will enable patients to receive hospital-level care in the comfort of their own home.

The Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group (FSFHG) Mental Health Adult Home Treatment Team (HTT) will offer a recovery-oriented alternative to hospital admission.

Adult Inpatient Program Manager and Nurse Coordinator Jane Murdock said the service will allow greater flexibility to meet the patient’s preferences and help them maintain links in the community.

“By keeping patients in their homes, they will be able to maintain daily routines and relationships, preventing triggers and re-traumatisation associated with hospital environments,” said Jane.

Up to 12 ‘virtual inpatient’ beds will be assigned to mental health patients who would usually require admission to hospital.

The HTT, operating from the Fremantle Hospital Mental Health Service, will support patients to clinically address factors which may have contributed to a deterioration in their mental health.

The multidisciplinary team, including clinical nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, will perform up to four daily visits depending on the patient’s needs.

Intensive mental health care including assessment, treatment and management, will be provided 7 days a week, from 8.00am – 10.00pm.

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