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This image shows a communal area in William Wake House.Cranford is the UK’s only dedicated medium secure service for older adults.  We provide a safe and age appropriate environment for the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of older men.




Who we care for

Cranford accepts men aged 55 years and over (although patients under this age will also be assessed depending on their individual needs). We can accept patients with:

  • a primary diagnosis of mental illness
  • co-morbidities including personality disorder, dementia, substance misuse, borderline intellectual impairment and developmental disorders
  • physical health or mobility problems
  • significant challenging/risk behaviours or a forensic history.

Due to their level of risk, patients would meet the criteria for detention under the Mental Health Act.

These criteria are a guide for assessing suitability. Each patient will be individually assessed by our dedicated team.


A unique service for

We pride ourselves in supporting both mental and physical healthcare.  We work in partnership with the patient and carers/relatives to make informed choices and provide an excellent living environment which is adapted/appropriate to the patients’ needs.  Tailored therapies are at the heart of what we do, meeting the needs and interests of the patients and providing opportunities to maximise quality of life.

We exceed the recommended 25 hours of meaningful activity.


A range of experts

Cranford is supported by a range of other services including a general practitioner, pharmacist, primary health care nurse, dentist (dental assessment and dental hygiene services), visual and hearing review, dietician, speech and language therapist, physiotherapist, chaplain, podiatrist.

A geriatrician also provides input into patient care.


Facilities on the unit

Patients can benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • modern bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • therapy areas
  • fitness suite
  • large enclosed courtyard and garden
  • child and family visitor room
  • multi-faith room
  • swimming pool
  • GP and dental care.


Discharge plans

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