The British Legion is working with Dementia UK, the charity which funds Admiral Nurses, to support the Armed Forces' community and their families who are affected by dementia.
The service which is currently operating successfully in Lancashire and the West Midlands is now being extended to the South of the county in Somerset and Hampshire, thanks to a grant of £150,000 payable over the next 3 years from Greenwich Hospital, the Royal Navy's oldest charity.
Admiral Nurses are specially trained to provide carers with the information, skills and advice they need to promote positive ways of living with dementia and assist with care.
Adam Smith, the Admiral Nurse Lead in Hampshire, explains:
"Admiral Nurses are specialist registered nurses and we offer support to family carers who are looking after someone with dementia. The focus of the service is to maintain independence, to improve the quality of life for carers and families and to provide the practical advice they need. We provide psychological support to help family carers understand and deal with their feelings, practical advice and information on dementia, its impact and how to cope. We can also provide referrals to other appropriate services and liaise with other professionals to provide holistic support."
Referrals for the service are now being taken, and any British Legion beneficiary, be they the person with dementia, or the carer, are urged to get in touch.
For further details of the British Legion Admiral Nursing scheme, and to read relevant case studies of people they have been able to help, visit :