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What do admiral nurses do?

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses. They provide expert guidance and support on every aspect of caring for someone living with dementia, such as how to manage complex needs or how families can cope with a new dementia diagnosis.

Here we discuss what Admiral Nurses do, including how our own specialist consultant nurse provides Admiral Nurse services to those receiving our expert dementia live-in care.

What is an admiral nurse?

Admiral nurses are qualified nurses with a professional specialism in dementia. They provide life-changing care for families affected by all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Admiral nurses acquire vast experience working with people living with dementia before becoming Admiral Nurses, and are closely supported by Dementia UK.

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What does an admiral nurse do?

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give practical, clinical and emotional support to people living with dementia and their families. Their extensive clinical knowledge and experience allow them to provide expert support, guidance and practical solutions for helping people living with dementia.

Admiral nurses offer flexible and tailored solutions for all aspects of dementia, from managing behaviours that may challenge to improving family relations. Admiral nurses can also advise families on healthcare issues associated with dementia such as frailty or end-of-life care.

Admiral Nurses work in a variety of care settings such as private care agencies, local community services, GP practices and NHS hospitals and hospices. They often work one-to-one with family carers to help them gain the skills necessary to best support their loved ones living with dementia. By promoting positive and people-centred approaches, Admiral Nurses improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their families.

How can an admiral nurse help?

  • Communication can sometimes be challenging for families caring for someone living with dementia. Admiral Nurses can provide communication tips and guidance to help families stay connected with their loved ones.
  • People living with dementia may experience fear or distress, especially after diagnosis. Admiral Nurses can provide emotional support and guidance to families through these challenging times.
  • Admiral Nurses can provide guidance on a wide range of positive approaches designed to calm behaviours that may challenge.
  • If you have any questions about living with dementia, an Admiral Nurse will listen intently and give you the expert advice you need to handle challenging situations.
  • Admiral Nurses can guide you through palliative care or end-of-life care so that you know what to expect and can plan for your future with confidence.

How can live-in care help?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, you may feel your only option to receive the care you need is to move into a residential nursing or care home. While this may be a suitable option for receiving dedicated dementia care, leaving the comfort and familiarity of home is often confusing and distressing for people living with dementia.

The Good Care Group has been innovating live-in dementia care for over 10 years. Our professional and compassionate carers are well-versed in a wide range of best dementia care practices designed to reassure your loved ones, reduce stress and anxiety and facilitate communication. The superior levels of support provided by our carers have resulted in a 66% reduction in the use of antipsychotic medications compared to the average care home.

Importantly for those living with dementia, we are able to provide nurse-led care if and when it is needed. We have a dedicated team of in-house clinical experts. This includes a specialist consultant nurse, Dr Jane Pritchard, who also provides Admiral Nurse services to those living with dementia. Jane works closely with our clients, their families and our carers, so that safe and effective nurse-led care can be delivered in a person-centred manner at home.


We adopt a multidisciplinary approach to care and collaborate closely with healthcare professionals, academic bodies, and leading dementia charities. Each of our professional carers is trained in dementia, which allows them to communicate efficiently, reduce distress and anxiety, and calm behaviours that challenge.

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Our friendly and experienced team is here to help you and your family make sense of the options available to you. Call us today – we will help you every step of the way.

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Content authored by Dr Jane Pritchard 21 October 2022

Dr Jane Pritchard is a consultant Admiral Nurse who specialises in the care and support of those living with dementia. She is a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council specialising in mental health. She has over 20 years' experience working in care and has authored several publications on dementia care.

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