Role of the Admiral Nurse in supporting a person with dementia and their family carer
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Role of the Admiral Nurse in supporting a person with dementia and their family carer

Jean Karyn Gamble Admiral Nurse, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton, Hampshire, England
Karen Harrison Dening Head of research and publications, Dementia UK, London, England

Distress is commonly experienced by those caring for someone with dementia, and can occur whether the carer is living with a person with dementia, or supporting a person with dementia who lives alone to maintain their independence. It is essential for health and social care professionals to support family carers to balance their needs with those of the person they care for. However, this might be challenging because many influencing factors can affect these needs, and identifying the needs of the family carer and balancing them with the needs of the person with dementia is often complex. This article uses a case study to explore the role of one Admiral Nurse (KG) in supporting the main family carer of a person with dementia, and the model of reflection used by the Admiral Nurse to undertake critical thinking and analysis in relation to their role.

Correspondence kgamble@nhs.net

Nursing Standard. 32, 5,44-51. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10669

Received: 22 August 2016

Accepted: 31 July 2017

Published in print: 27 September 2017

Conflict Of Interest

None declared

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