What is an Admiral Nurse?
Admiral Nurses are mental health nurses specialising in dementia. Admiral Nurses work with family carers and people with dementia, in the community and other settings. Working collaboratively with other professionals, Admiral Nurses seek to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. They use a range of interventions that help people live positively with the condition and develop skills to improve communication and maintain relationships.
What Admiral Nurses do
Admiral Nurses are available to support families throughout the dementia journey. They provide family carers with the tools and skills to best understand the condition, as well as emotional and psychological support through periods of transition.
• They focus on the needs of the family carer, including psychological support to help family carers understand and deal with their feelings
Admiral Nurses also uniquely join up the different parts of the health and social care system and enable the needs of family carers and people with dementia to be addressed in a co-ordinated way.
In addition, Admiral Nurses provide consultancy and education to professionals to model best practice and improve dementia care in a variety of care settings.
Dementia UK works in partnership with NHS providers and commissioners, social care authorities and voluntary sector organisations to promote and develop new Admiral Nursing services. We're responsible for upholding standards, sustaining service and supporting Admiral Nurses in practice.
Dementia UK's aim
There are specialist nurses for conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, we strongly feel that specialist nursing support should also be available to everyone affected by dementia around the country. Our aim is to ensure an Admiral Nurse is available to everyone who needs them.
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