Supporting family carers via the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline: reflection on a case study
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Supporting family carers via the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline: reflection on a case study

Pat Brown Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK, London, England
Emily Oliver Consultant Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK, London, England
Karen Harrison Dening Head of Research and Publications, Dementia UK, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To increase your awareness of the post-diagnostic support needed by people with dementia and their family carers

  • To recognise the challenges involved in supporting carers of people with dementia by telephone

  • To enhance your understanding of how to use a framework to reflect on your practice

In the UK, the quality of post-diagnostic care and support for people with dementia and their family carers is variable and depends on the availability of services in each person’s local area. This article considers the support services available for families affected by dementia and discusses how telephone helplines can assist those who may have no access to other types of support. It presents a case study describing a call to the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, a service run by nurses with expertise in dementia care and provided by the charity Dementia UK. This is followed by a reflection on the call from the nurse’s perspective. The case study-based reflection demonstrates the complexity of providing support through a helpline and the specialist knowledge and skills required to provide the appropriate level of support.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1248

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

pat.brown@dementiauk.org

Conflict of interest

None declared

Brown P, Oliver E, Harrison Dening K (2020) Supporting family carers via the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline: reflection on a case study. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1248

Published online: 13 May 2020

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