A service which helps families cope day-to-day with dementia has seen such a success in Knowsley that it is now expanding into Halton.
The Admiral Nurse Service, which is provided by specialist dementia nurses, will be based in the community and the nurses will work with local families to ensure they are better able to understand and cope with the changes which can occur with dementia. They will work with the family to make informed decisions about their future needs, to enable the family to stay together for as long as possible.
Admiral nurses play a unique role in care management by joining up the different parts of the health and social care system, and help address the needs of family carers and people with dementia in a coordinated way.
The Admiral Nurse Service is delivered by 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and works in partnership with Dementia UK which governs and monitors the service. The service has been running in Knowsley since 2011.