About us

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service.

Admiral Joe inspired the creation of dementia UK
Admiral Joe

When things get challenging or difficult, our nurses work alongside people with dementia and their families: giving them the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions they need, and that can be hard to find elsewhere.

Admiral Nurses are continually trained, developed and supported by Dementia UK. Families that have their support have someone truly expert and caring by their side – helping them to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

Why Admiral Nursing?

Admiral Nurses were named by the family of Joseph Levy CBE BEM, who founded the charity. Joseph had vascular dementia and was known affectionately as “Admiral Joe” because of his love of sailing.


Our vision

“People living with and affected by dementia will receive compassionate expert care and support that is right for them, to live positive and fulfilling lives”.

Our mission

Through Admiral Nurses we will:

  • Empower those living with and affected by dementia to receive the best available care that is tailored to meet their needs.
  • Become the beacon of excellence by providing unrivalled guidance, responsive solutions and innovative thinking to address the challenge of high quality dementia care.
  • Influence national policy to ensure that everyone living with dementia has equal and fair access to Admiral Nursing.
  • Lead the way in innovative and high quality research and development into the best possible dementia care.