Good Oaks to recruit specialist Admiral Nurse to support people with dementia

Antonia and Mirta – Admiral Nurse. Credit Dementia UK

Good Oaks Home Care is recruiting an Admiral Nurse to support people living with dementia and their families in Bournemouth and Poole.

The new role is set to complement the provider’s live-in and visiting care capabilities and provide tailored support for people affected by the condition.

The nurse will receive specialist training and support from Dementia UK.

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Last year, more people in Dorset called the national Dementia UK Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline than ever before. According to charity, this was due to a lack of available support services and delays in accessing a diagnosis.

Julie Allen, head of Business and Service Development at Dementia UK, said: “Admiral Nurses represent the gold standard in dementia care, helping families live more positively through a range of practical and emotional solutions. Our Helpline receives a high number of calls from Dorset in comparison to the rest of the UK, which points to the need to improve access to dementia care and support here. I am delighted about the potential of this new role to allow us to do just that.”

Director of Good Oaks Home Care, Ben Ashton, said his team was honoured to be working with Dementia UK to bring an Admiral Nurse to the Bournemouth and Poole area.

He said: “We pride ourselves on putting clients at the centre of their care and work with them, their loved ones, GPs and their wider care team to help people live independent and happy lives in their own homes for as long as possible. Admiral Nurses change lives, and we are looking for that special person to join our team.”

Emma Scattergood, a former family carer from Dorset, who cared for her mother with vascular dementia, said about Admiral Nursing: “If mum got distressed, my Admiral Nurse, Linda, would know to take her off to a quiet corner to look at photographs to settle her; or she would move her away from the TV and towards the garden. She brought an extra level of care which I had not seen before.

“After mum had passed away at the care home, Linda joined me at mum’s bedside for some time. It was a reflection of just how much she meant to me and how supported I have felt by her. Linda was incredible in helping me support my mum and also in supporting me.”

Caption: Credit Dementia UK.

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