The team of four Admiral Nurses that we host in partnership with Dementia UK, as part of the county’s dementia service are welcomed by carers looking after someone with dementia.
The Nurses are continually trained, developed and supported by Dementia UK and they provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, the Nurses help carers/family members by giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions.
The Admiral Nurse team that we host have already supported around 200 carers, but they feel there are more people in the community not receiving the help and advice they need.
To address this, we organised an information event for GPs, Social Workers and other health or care workers in Hertfordshire to find out more about the support the Admiral Nurses provide.
At the Admiral Nursing: What, How and When event in Welwyn Garden City on 6th March professionals learnt that soon Hertfordshire will be the county with the most Admiral Nurses as three more are set to work in hospices.
Lesley Potter, the team’s Admiral Nurse Lead, said: “The event was a great opportunity to showcase how we can help families live well with dementia and give them confidence in their caring role. We notice the positive difference we make to the carers we support and they tell us we bring them hope and reassurance.”
She explained the team has supported carers with symptom management, medication advice and getting Carer’s Assessments, GP or other appointments if they were struggling with this.
One carer said: “The Admiral Nurses have changed my life, it’s someone outside the family I can talk to so I don’t feel alone and they can and have provided expert advice.”
Charlotte Harris, Dementia UK’s Business Development Officer for the region, said: “I’m delighted to have this new Admiral Nurse service giving dementia carers specialist support when they most need it. The team works well with the Admiral Nurse at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, and it will be great when there are Admiral Nurses in local hospices so we can offer joined up support when and where it is required. It is our aim that one day, every family that needs this specialist care will have it.”
If you’re caring for someone with dementia or memory loss you can request support from the Admiral Nurse team or learn more about other help available in Hertfordshire by calling HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044.You can also call Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678.
If you wish to discuss your caring role Carers in Hertfordshire can be contacted on 01992 58 69 69.