What do Admiral Nurses do?

Admiral Nurses are specialist nurses trained to provide support for people and families affected by dementia. They get their name from ‘Admiral Joe’ Levy, founder of Dementia UK and a keen sailor. They can work in a number of environments – in the community as NHS staff, or hospitals, hospices and care homes.

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They can provide practical support on different elements of dementia care. Whether that’s sharing behaviour management and communication techniques or providing advice on coping strategies for family members.

Admiral Nurse teams operate across England and Wales, Dementia UK have a map for you to find your local team. You can get in touch with the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline by emailing helpline@dementiauk.org or by calling 0800 888 6678.

Dementia UK have a great video section on their website, where you can find advice videos on lots of common issues that arise in dementia. From day-to-day symptom management to carer support, they’re absolutely worth a watch.

It’s worth noting that Admiral Nurses don’t typically work as primary carers, their role is much more focused on giving emotional support and practical advice to families. At hometouch, we provide trained carers who can offer more hands-on, day-to-day support. If you have someone close to you in need of specialist dementia care, speak to a hometouch Care Advisor today to find out how we can help.

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Dr Jamie Wilson
Founder and Chief Medical Officer at Hometouch
Dr Jamie Wilson is hometouch’s founder and Chief Medical Officer. Jamie’s creation of hometouch was inspired by his work as a dementia psychiatrist in the NHS, and he has written about healthcare issues in The Times and the Evening Standard. Jamie has a MBBS from the University of Leeds and has spent a decade in the NHS, working as a Psychiatric Registrar and Memory Specialist at Imperial College Hospital.