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Admiral nurse

Discussion in 'Dementia-related news and campaigns' started by Jacs321, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Jacs321

    Jacs321 Registered User

    Jun 12, 2017
    13
    I had my first expereince of an admiral nurse today. A bit of a push at post diagnosis group and a few tears later i met the fabulous Sam. Am flabagasted at the lack of nurses. She is the only one for our borough. Where are the petitions for more Admiral nurses? Having worked in cancer care with access to specialist nurses and Macmillan nurses im sbocked that this is not the case for Dementia. I am new to this world of dementia and outraged at the lack of professionals like Sam. How can i get involved in petitions for more nurses?
     
  2. lambchop

    lambchop Registered User

    Nov 18, 2011
    99
    HI Jacs,

    Congratulations on getting an Admiralty service - these nurses are an amazing support system. They are usually only provided when the care receiver is at a crisis point - in my case, it was when my mum had continual issues with her sleep.

    The admiralty nurses are a wonderful source of support and coping strategies and yes, you are right about the lack of them and it is a crying shame.

    In the first instance, I would contact Dementia UK - they are the organisation who provide the admiralty nurses in the first place. https://www.dementiauk.org

    They rely on donations but you could contact them further regarding the shortage in the service. I would imagine the reason is, in no small part, due to the lack of money and resources in mental health in general. Compare this to cancer.

    For anyone who needs specialist support, Dementia UK also offer a helpline on
    0800 888 6678

    Good luck.
     
  3. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
    4,150
    Salford
    Charities have to compete for money, so far tonight I've seen several adverts asking people to give to various cancer charities but you rarely see similar adverts for AZ.
    More nurses means more donations so fundraising is the only thing that would really help as it's unlikely that government will do anything, none have done much in the past other than talked about it but left it to charities like the Alzheimer's Society and Admiral Nurses to do the real work.
    Sadly Admiral Nurse coverage is very patchy, there are none in my area and looking at the map of areas they do cover most of the country don't have this service available. There seems to be only one team in Wales, in Swansea and you have to be registered with a Swansea GP to access the service and the West Country doesn't fare much better.
    K
     
  4. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    14,936
    Male
    North Manchester
    To raise the required funds public awareness will have to change.
    • Cancer - a potential killer - progress towards cures is ongoing.
    • Alzheimer's (dementia not in common use) - little old forgetful lady.
    The stigma attached to 'the big C' has largely gone, it is often still attached to 'Alzheimer's'
    For effective fund raising the public first has to be educated about the full impact of dementia on PWDs and their family..
     
  5. Raggedrobin

    Raggedrobin Registered User

    Jan 20, 2014
    1,432
    Just to add I also had a very good experience with an admiralty nurse. When I was at the end of my tether with my mother and didn't know what to do and in what order, she saw me promptly and went through everything I needed to know, I felt very supported by her with lots of practical advice. By great good fortune there is one in my town. When I came to recommend them to a friend in Dorset, I couldn't see that they had any there at all.
     
  6. Jacs321

    Jacs321 Registered User

    Jun 12, 2017
    13
    Thank you for the replies. This is a shocking situation to me and is a national disgrace in my opinion. Im sure that the national charities are doing their best to raise these matters. I will be in touch with our local services and will be wriitng to my MP. If i recall you can get matters raised at government level if you get enough names on a petitions. Will definitely be seeing what i can do.
     
  7. Nandi

    Nandi Registered User

    Mar 20, 2018
    16
    Female
    Grimsby
    My wonderful admiral nurse has been coming once a month for two and half years now. What a support. since things have deteriorated this winter she now comes every two weeks she always has good advice as we might be in denial but she knows where this is going. She has twenty people on her round so must be tired but is always on the other end of the telephone if I have a problem between visits.Cant praise them enough.
     
  8. lemonjuice

    lemonjuice Registered User

    Jun 15, 2016
    1,138
    England
    We are very fortunate to have a seasoned campaigner locally, totally dedicated to promoting Admiral Nurses. She has access to many people with titles/ financial means and has good knowledge of campaigning and fund-raising and we are so grateful to have someone like her spear-heading the drive.
    We already have 3 nurses and are hoping to recruit more soon. We do have lots of needs for them though as we are an area with a much higher than normal proportion of elderly and therefore a high proportion of people suffering with dementia.

    It just need someone with drive and 'contacts' to spearhead things.
     
  9. Lilac Blossom

    Lilac Blossom Registered User

    Oct 6, 2014
    455
    No Admiral Nurses at all in Scotland
     

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