Liverpool’s Admiral Nurse will help to tackle dementia in our Armed Forces community
The Royal British Legionis recruiting its first Admiral Nurse in Liverpool to provide support to families caring for a loved one with dementiain the cityregion.
Paula Smith, the Legion’s Admiral Nurse National Lead, said: “The Royal British Legion is recruiting in Liverpool because there is a genuine need to provide more support for families living with dementia inthe region. This will have a really positive impact on the quality of care our patients receive.”
The Royal British Legion Admiral Nurses across the UK offer specialist support, information and advice to the carers of people with dementia. The service has been developed in partnership with Dementia UK, the national charity that provides specialist dementia support for families through Admiral Nursing.
To qualify for support, the carer or the person with dementia needs to be a beneficiary of the Royal British Legion, which includes anyone who has served in the British Armed Forces, their family and their carers. The Royal British Legion recognises that, with an aging population, there is a need for further investment in dementia care amongst the Armed Forces community.
Zoe Scowcroft, an Admiral Nurse in Lancashire, said: “The population is getting older, so we are very keen to expand into Liverpool to help our beneficiaries – we estimate there are 56,000 beneficiaries in Liverpool over the age of 65, and one in 14 will have some form of dementia, so that gives you an idea of the scale of the task.”
There are almost 200 Admiral Nurses in the UK working in a variety of care settings andthey work on some of the most complex cases and provide expert one-to-one practical, clinical and emotional support. Admiral Nurses are the specialists working within dementia care to focus on improving the physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing of both the carer and the person with dementia.
The Royal British Legion is the biggest employer of Admiral Nurses in the UK. Paula Smith said: “I feel immensely proud to be an Admiral Nurse because, each day, I have an opportunity to make a real difference,whilst the support of the Royal British Legion and Dementia UK helps us to deliver care where it is most needed.”
The Royal British Legion is the nation’s leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem, the red poppy. www.britishlegion.org.uk
Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service.
- If you’ve been affected by dementia or need advice contact Dementia UK’s specialist helpline, Admiral Nursing Direct on 0800 888 6678 or email [email protected]. The helpline is staffed by experienced Admiral Nurses, who give vital support by telephone or email