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Dementia Care

Dementia care and support

Our Admiral Nurse, Lucy, is based at the Hospice 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.

“I hope to make a difference not only by improving the care that is provided, but also to support and empower the families and carers by looking after their wellbeing. If they aren’t well, they can’t care for their partner, relative or friend who has dementia.” Lucy

We support people with complex needs:

  • Carers who have difficulty coping or demonstrating poor physical mental health/wellbeing, which effects the care giving/relationship
  • A person living with dementia, demonstrating a high level of distress and poor physical/mental health leading to a decrease in wellbeing
  • People who have a poor understanding and difficulty with coping or poor family dynamics which have a negative impact on wellbeing and caregiving.

What support can your Admiral Nurse provide?

  • 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?

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

  • 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

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

Contact us today

Please call 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
07377 876257
Working Days: Tuesday-Thursday 9am-5pm

Dementia UK Admiral Nurse Helpline
0800 888 6678

Figures are from 1st April 2021 to present day.

153
Training attendees
207
Total interventions
19
Admiral Nurse referrals

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 on the last Thursday of every month from 10am-midday. Create Community Hub Letchworth – 19-29 Station Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3BB.

For more information call 01438 792190

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