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LThis image shows a room on Lifford.ifford in Birmingham is a dedicated mental illness service for older men aged over 55 who require a low secure setting due to their complex needs, challenging behaviour or offending histories. The physical environment is a quieter, age-appropriate setting designed to better meet complex physical health conditions.


Supporting older men

Lifford caters for men with mental illness and co-morbidities who:

  • are aged 55 and above
  • are detained or eligible for detention under the Mental Health Act
  • are experiencing severe mental health problems including personality disorder and challenging behaviour
  • have a forensic history or index offence which requires a low secure environment.

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


A holistic approach to care

The low secure older adult service provides a holistic approach to assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of mental disorders and complex physical health problems.

In a safe, secure and age-appropriate environment, our extensive multi-disciplinary team is able to utilise specialist age-appropriate interventions and tools which address psychiatric symptoms, risk and offending behaviour.

Structured professional judgement tools, such as HCR-20 and RSVP, are used to assess risk on a regular basis. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessments, such as Dementia Care Mapping, complement our holistic approach.

Therapeutic interventions offered enhance the patient’s quality of life through careful consideration of their emotional wellbeing, social, forensic, spiritual and cultural needs and to optimise their independence and functional skills in self-care, productivity and leisure.


Supporting rehabilitation

With the aim of maximising functional skills and quality of life, patients can benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • modern bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
  • seclusion, de-escalation and extra care suites
  • therapy areas for group or individual sessions
  • a therapy kitchen and laundry room
  • fitness suite
  • education, library and IT suite
  • large enclosed courtyard and garden
  • a child and family visitor room
  • multi-faith room
  • GP and dental care.

The environment has been designed to best meet the physical health needs of older adults and to be as homely as possible.


Preparing for discharge

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


CQC and Quality Network feedback



  • Lifford
Treating people with respect and involving them in their care
Providing care, treatment and support that meeting people’s needs
Caring for people safely and protecting them from harm
Quality and suitability of management