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We know that living with dementia can be a hard and lonely experience. Our specialist Admiral Nurses work alongside you, offering one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions.

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What is an Admiral Nurse?

Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need.

Admiral Nurses are at the very heart of what we do at Dementia UK. They work both in the community with the NHS, and also in care homes, hospitals and hospices. Admiral Nurses provide expert help and guidance, answer challenging and difficult questions and give one-to-one support. This means they are a lifeline to thousands of families dealing with dementia every day.

Whether you need help in the moment, support with care, or financial advice for the future, our Admiral Nurses are here to help you face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

Find out more about our Admiral Nurse service >

How can an Admiral Nurse help?

  • If communication gets hard, we’re on hand with skills and techniques to help you stay connected to the person you love.
  • If someone with dementia is showing signs of fear or distress, we’ll work with you to find the best ways of preventing or managing this.
  • If your family is struggling to cope, we’ll be there to help you get your loved one the best possible additional care and support.
  • If you have questions you can’t get answered, we’ll take the time to really understand the problem, and give you the expert advice and support you need to tackle it.
Dementia UK Admiral Nurse on the phone

Our Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline

The Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline is for anyone with a question or concern about dementia. From looking out for the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s, to understanding the challenges of living with someone with vascular dementia, our specialist Admiral Nurses have the knowledge and experience to understand the situation and suggest answers that might be hard to find elsewhere.

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Find a local Admiral Nurse team

Admiral Nurses work in the community with the NHS, in care homes, in hospices and in hospitals.

We are growing the number of Admiral Nurse services across the UK all the time. You can see if there’s a service near you by checking out our interactive map.

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Information and advice

Admiral Nurse with carer

Sources of support and advice

This booklet is for family carers of people with dementia and for people living with dementia. It may also be useful for professionals working in the field of dementia care.

Download our ‘Sources of support and advice’ booklet >

Dementia UK has a range of specialist information leaflets available for download

Read our information leaflets

Read or download our free information leaflets. They’re all written by our specialist dementia nurses and put together in response to the questions we hear on our Helpline and in the community.

Check out our information leaflets >

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Admiral Nurse video library

We’ve put together a number of videos featuring our Admiral Nurses giving advice on subjects such as ‘Looking after yourself as a carer’ and ‘What to do when someone stops recognising you’.

Browse our video library for support and advice >

What it means to be an Admiral Nurse

“There are so many rewarding things about my job, I can’t single out one thing. Some of the most rewarding aspects are the ability to help set people off on the right path after diagnosis, and to instil hope and confidence in people who may have no experience of caring and no experience of dementia.

I think the unique relationship that Admiral Nurses develop with family carers is truly a wonderful thing and something that carers frequently tell us is one of the best things about what we do.”

Susan Ashcroft-Simpson, Admiral Nurse

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