Admiral Nurse speaking to a lady and smiling

What is an Admiral Nurse and how can they help?

Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need.

When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses work alongside people with dementia, and their families: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions. The unique dementia expertise and experience an Admiral Nurse brings is a lifeline – it helps families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

Most Admiral Nurses work in a variety of settings, from working in the community, to care homes, hospitals and hospices.

Admiral Nurses work with people and families affected by all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.

How can an Admiral Nurse help me?

  • If communication gets hard, we’re on hand with skills and techniques to help you stay connected to the person you love
  • 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 support you need to tackle it

How an Admiral Nurse has supported a person living with dementia

We follow Admiral Nurse, Matthew, as he visits two families living with dementia in Wakefield.

Dementia affects whole families, and this video looks at how an Admiral Nurse can support the spouse of someone living with dementia. The physical, psychological, practical and emotional impact of caring for a family member with dementia is well documented, but there still isn’t enough support for carers across the UK. Admiral Nurses like Matthew can be a lifeline for a family affected by dementia.

Read more stories of how Admiral Nurses have supported people living with dementia here.

How can I speak to an Admiral Nurse?

Call our Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678 from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 5pm during the weekend. Or send an email to or fill in the form.

There may be an Admiral Nurse in your area. Check our map to see all of our services

Together Again animation

We know that dementia can be a frightening and lonely place. And dementia doesn’t just affect the person with the diagnosis – spouses or partners, and surrounding family and friends are all impacted too.

Our animation, Together Again, explores those feelings of being lost in dementia – and how the support and guidance of an Admiral Nurse can help bring people back together again

Why Admiral?

The family of Joseph Levy CBE BEM – who founded Dementia UK – named the nurses. Joseph had vascular dementia and was known affectionately as ‘Admiral Joe’ because of his love of sailing.

Read our leaflet about Admiral Nurses here.