What do Admiral Nurses do?

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses. Continually supported and developed by Dementia UK, they provide life-changing care for families affected by all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

As dementia specialists, Admiral Nurses help families manage complex needs, considering the person living with dementia and the people around them, and can advise other healthcare professionals.

Our nurses help people living with dementia stay independent for longer, and support the people caring for them so that they have the strength to cope with the bad days, and the energy to enjoy the good days.

They work in different care settings: in the community, in care homes, on the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, in hospitals, in hospices and in clinics. For families affected by dementia, they can be a lifeline.

Admiral Nurses work in the following settings:

Community

  • Supporting family carers and people with dementia at home
  • Manage co-morbidities and frailty in people with dementia at home
  • Supporting transitions in care
  • Coordinate care/case management
  • Provide education for families living with dementia
  • Post diagnostic support with families

Care home

  • Supporting family carers and people with dementia in the care home
  • Manage co-morbidities and frailty in people with dementia in the care home
  • Supporting transitions in care
  • Provide education for care home staff and families living with dementia
  • Facilitate a positive culture within care homes

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline

  • Free, one-to-one support and advice for families, professionals and others affected by dementia throughout the UK
  • Support for families affected by dementia who do not have access to an Admiral Nurse in their locality
  • Provide direct access to an Admiral Nurse through telephone and email, seven days a week
  • Monday to Friday 9am-9pm, and weekends 9am-5pm, every day except 25th December

Acute Hospital

  • Supporting family carers and people with dementia in hospital
  • Manage co-morbidities and frailty in people with dementia in hospital
  • Supporting transitions in care
  • Provide education for hospital staff and families living with dementia
  • Facilitate effective discharge

Hospice

  • Supporting family carers and people with dementia in the hospice
  • Manage co-morbidities and frailty in people with dementia in the hospice
  • Supporting transitions in care
  • Provide education for hospice staff and families living with dementia
  • Identify and support complex end of life care challenges
  • Raise awareness of dementia being a life-limiting illness

Admiral Nurse Clinics

  • Supporting family carers and people with dementia within a clinic
  • Manage co-morbidities and frailty in people with dementia within a clinic
  • Supporting transitions in care
  • Provide education for clinic staff and families living with dementia
  • Signposting to other services
  • Work place support and advice