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Free resources for people working with dementia

When you work with people affected by dementia, you’re constantly learning and growing. This is wonderful but it can also be challenging. Our free resources can help to support you in your role and to deliver the best care possible.

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline 

If the family or professional carer, or person with dementia, that you support needs help with anything, from legal issues to paying for care, our team of experienced Admiral Nurses are here to help. They can also provide emotional support.

Our Helpline is the only nurse-led dementia helpline in the country. Nurses are at the end of the phone seven days a week and can respond to emails.

Professional carers can call 0800 888 6678 from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday and also from 9am to 5pm during the weekend.

Or send an email to

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Life Story Book

What are your memories from school? What types of music do you like listening to?

These are just two of the questions our Life Story Book suggests carers, and health professionals could work through with people living with dementia. Doing so can help you have a better understanding of the person you support so you can offer truly person-centred care.

Download a template for putting together a Life Story Book.

Curriculum for Dementia Education

If you’re designing a course which includes learning about dementia, whether it’s for nurses or health professionals, like pharmacists and occupational therapists, this guidance on what to cover can help.

It has been developed by the Higher Education for Dementia Network, which we coordinate, and consists of lecturers and course leaders.

Download the Curriculum for Dementia Education.

Find a higher education course in dementia.

Planning now for your future – Advance Care Planning

As a healthcare professional, you know how important it is for an individual diagnosed with dementia to discuss their future care wishes while they are still able.

By planning ahead, those close to them will understand the things that are most important to them and ensure those wishes and preferences are acted upon when the time arises.

What is an Advance Care Plan?

The Advance Care Plan aims to help an individual plan and record their future wishes and priorities of care with those close to them. It will help identify some of the things they value most including: choices, preferences and things important in their life now which they want to be considered at a time when they may not be able to communicate their wishes.

Our ‘Planning now for your future’ booklet provides more information about:

  • how to use the Advance Care Plan
  • writing an Advance Statement
  • Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment
  • how to make or change a Will

Download our ‘Planning now for your future’ booklet here.

The Advance Care Plan template

The Advance Care Plan template is available for an individual to write their Advance Care Plan and Advance Statement with the help of those around them.

The template prompts an individual to think about:

  • how they would like to be cared for
  • where they would prefer to die
  • decisions about their Will
  • things that are important in their life now
  • Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Funeral arrangements

Download and print our template here.

Higher Education Courses in Dementia Care

HEDN maintains a list of courses in dementia care for qualified health and social care professionals that are available at some UK universities.

For up-to-date information about all courses, please contact the relevant university directly.

Download a list of Higher Education courses

Useful help sheets

Sources of support

Our ‘sources of support’ booklet is for family carers of people with dementia and for people living with dementia. It may also contain useful information for professionals working in the field of dementia care

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Tips for communication

Communication can be frustrating for the person with dementia, and for their family, friends, and carer team who do not always know the best way to respond. Here’s our advice

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Getting a diagnosis

If you are concerned about your own memory, or you are worried about changes you have noticed with the memory, personality or behaviour of someone close to you, it is important to consult a GP as soon as possible

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