Older Men's Mental Health

Foster is a rehabilitation ward for older males aged over 55 years located in Northampton.

We care for older men (aged 55+) with enduring mental illness and complex/challenging behaviour as a result of psychotic illness, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorder and patients with cognitive impairment; with a secondary diagnosis of dementia.

Active rehabilitation and improved quality of life are achieved through a comprehensive forensic care pathway from medium to low secure and non-secure. 

Our MDT manage and support the forensic risk and presentation of patients whilst maintaining quality of life, key at this stage of a person's life.

The ward organise a comprehensive programme of age appropriate activities which include Cognitive Stimulus Therapy (CST), leisure activities from the sports therapy team, physio as well as maintaining and developing daily living skills. 

A spacious light living room

A modern dining area

Quiet area

Bright ward spaces

Admissions criteria

Males aged 55 and older with (we will assess patients who are younger dependent on individual cases) a primary diagnosis of mental illness co-morbidities including:

  • personality disorder 
  • dementia 
  • substance misuse 
  • borderline intellectual impairment 
  • development disorders
  • physical health or mobility issues
  •  significant challenging/ risk behaviours 
  • a forensic history
  • be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983/ (informal patients are considered).

Treatment and care

We aim to maximise quality of life by treating people in the least restrictive environment possible, offering a safe and supportive living and working environment. Where appropriate, patients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own treatment within the My Shared Pathway framework. 

We use the RAID (Reinforce Appropriate and Implode Disruptive) approach to managing behaviour. Dedicated psychologists provide individual and group sessions and our multidisciplinary team (MDT) delivers 25 hours of activity per week, including psychology, nursing, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.

Physical health and wellbeing is a crucial part of our comprehensive care programmes. Dual trained adult and mental health professionals work alongside our dedicated physical health team with access to a general practitioner (GP), geriatrician, practice nurse, physiotherapy, dietetics, dental and podiatry services.

A geriatrician also provides input into patient care and we aim to exceed the recommended 25 hours of meaningful activity.


Patients are able to access 120 acres of green and spacious grounds at the Northampton site, encompassing trees an orchard, parkland walks and the attendant wildlife. Extensive onsite facilities include Arts and Craft workshops and Workbridge which provides the opportunity to learn and develop work and life skills through a range of activities including ceramics, horticulture, woodwork, catering and design and print, in a public facing retail environment. Additionally patients can also use Workbridge Work and Social programme (WWASP).

Therapy areas include; crafts, information technology (IT) skills, kitchens and vocational rehabilitation. Patients also have access to:

  • a fitness suite
  • a large enclosed courtyard and garden
  • visitor room
  • multi-faith room
  • swimming pool
  • GP and dental care
  • The café
  • library
  • the grounds , Workbridge – vocational work and  WWASP - Workbridge Work and Social Programme
  • Tenant Kitchen and arts and crafts 


Next steps

Discharge is considered at admission and our clinical and social work teams work with appropriate case managers to support a transition.

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