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Dementia Services

Supporting carers and families of those with dementia

Our End of Life, Advanced Dementia Nurse Jill George works in partnership with carers and families to help them gain the necessary skills to help with care for people with dementia.

Carers often need more help at critical points in the carer journey, as circumstances change and the dementia progresses.

Am I eligible for this service?

You are eligible if you are 18 or over, living on the Isle of Wight, caring for a person with advanced dementia and experiencing difficulty with your caring role. The person with dementia can be living at home, or in a residential or nursing care home.

How will the Admiral Nurse help me?

The Admiral Nurse will help by:
  • Assessing your needs
  • Offering education and advice about dementia, including group training and peer support
  • Offering emotional support
  • Helping you plan for the future and what might happen as dementia progresses
  • Helping you manage changes when they occur
  • Helping you cope with the practical demands of caring
  • Helping you find and access other care services
  • Helping you express your views and have a voice

Accessing help along the way

Living with dementia is complex and knowing who to turn to for help in the health and social care system can sometimes cause even more confusion. You may come into contact with many people and organisations, and sometimes you might speak to them again and again about your situation After a diagnosis of dementia, you may be supported by your local mental health team. If so, it is important that they are kept up-to-date with any changes, as they may be able to help or direct you to other support that might be available. If you need more help with practical aspects of daily living, such as personal care, managing medication, day or respite care, you will need a care needs assessment, usually completed by a social worker. Your needs as a carer will also be assessed.

Other people who may help

All of these people are available locally and can communicate with each other to be sure that you are getting all of the care you need.

Occupational therapists can help by looking at the environment and find ways of making this safe and comfortable. They can also look at ways of helping people feel engaged and occupied in a meaningful way. 
 
Physiotherapists can offer you advice about mobility, moving and handling.
 
Your GP can advise about any other medical conditions, manage medication prescriptions and help rule out any treatable causes of confusion, such as an infection that may temporarily make the dementia seem worse.
 
A district nurse can help by monitoring general health and giving advice about skin care and continence. 
 
Your local pharmacist can give advice about pill dispensers/systems to make it easier to remember to take medication and some will arrange delivery of medication.

"It's another world...it's kept me in this world!"

 

Maureen, Patient