Dementia care

We provide advice, guidance, training and support to carers, families and those living with dementia.

When someone you love has dementia it can feel overwhelming and challenging at times. Garden House Hospice Care supports people living with dementia, thanks to our Admiral Nurse, Lucy, a specialist dementia nurse. This service is available for people demonstrating a high level of distress and poor physical/mental health leading to a decrease in wellbeing.

We also provide advice to people who have a poor understanding and difficulty with coping or poor family dynamics which have a negative impact on wellbeing and caregiving, and carers who have difficulty coping or demonstrating poor physical mental health/wellbeing, which effects the care giving/relationship.

Lucy is based at the Hospice three days a week and provides advice, guidance, training and support to carers, families and those living with dementia and approaching the end of their life.

What is an Admiral Nurse?

Admiral Nurses are registered nurses who specialise in dementia care working with families and people affected by dementia. The support they can provide includes:

  • Advice and emotional support for family carers

  • Support to other healthcare professionals

  • Specialist advice and support on palliative and end of life needs of people living with dementia

  • Advance care planning and best interest decisions

  • Psychosocial interventions to families e.g. education, anxiety management and coping mechanisms

  • Support to carers and people with dementia anticipating grief and loss and post-bereavement

  • Access and referral links to other services and organisations, such as the family support team and complementary therapy.

What is the referral criteria?

1. The person living with dementia is in their last year of life

2. The family carer who cares for a person with dementia requires support as there are unresolved, complex needs that cannot be met by the current caring team

3. The person with dementia must be registered with a GP within the geographical catchment area of Garden House Hospice Care - communities in North Hertfordshire, Stevenage and surrounding towns and villages of Central Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Get in touch

Please call us to discuss any referrals and for support and advice. Anyone can refer to the Admiral Nurse as long as the referral criteria is met.

Lucy Cosgrove - Admiral Nurse

T: 07377 876257

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am-5pm

Dementia UK Admiral Nurse Helpline

T: 0800 888 6678

Monday-Friday 9am-9pm


"I hope to make a difference not only by improving the care that is provided, but by supporting and empowering the families and carers of the person living with dementia by looking after their wellbeing. If they aren't well, they can't care for their partner, relative or friend who has dementia."

- Lucy Cosgrove, Admiral Nurse

Healthy Memory Café

Are you forgetful? Are you worried about your memory? Are you caring for a loved one who is? Drop in for a cuppa, a chat, information and support at the Healthy Memory Café, held every Thursday at the Hospice.

When: 10am - 12 noon

Where: Ernest Gardiner Treatment Centre, Pearsall Close, Letchworth, SG6 1QZ

Learn more about the Healthy Memory Café