While other organisations have dementia advisers who offer valuable guidance to people living with the condition and their families, Admiral Nurses go beyond giving advice. They are Registered Nurses who are continually supported and developed by Dementia UK, offering life-changing care to families affected by dementia.
Admiral Nurses are all qualified nurses with a professional specialism in dementia. Their extensive clinical knowledge and experience means they can help families manage complex needs, such as offering advice on medication, changing or worsening symptoms, and therapeutic interventions. They can also advise other healthcare professionals.
Admiral Nurses start with a comprehensive assessment of each family they work with to get a full picture of what help they need. They then offer tailored and flexible support, advising families on all aspects of dementia – from managing symptoms like distressed behaviour and sleep disturbance to improving family relationships. Admiral Nurses can also support families with other healthcare issues such as frailty and end of life care.
Admiral Nurses can help co-ordinate a person’s care thanks to their in-depth understanding of the health and social care systems. They can advocate for families who might not know the best questions to ask, or who to ask them of, and support them with complicated processes such as continuing healthcare assessments or finding suitable long-term care.
Admiral Nurses don’t just consider the person with dementia – they also support the people around them, focusing on the family as a whole and making sure carers have the support and skills they need. They equip carers with stress management techniques and coping strategies, and can help them make contact with local respite services. They also provide specialist carer education and training.
With the support of an Admiral Nurse, families affected by dementia can have the best life possible, for as long as possible.