The Admiral Nurse Service gives relatives the chance to have a dedicated support worker to help them deal with caring for someone with dementia.That includes emotional support, and advice on how to talk to people with the condition.
Sheila has been helped by Admiral Nurse Lorraine Butterworth.
Admiral Nurses like Lorraine are mental health nurses who can help carers understand how to deal with dementia better. The service focusses on the wellbeing of the carer, and allows people with the condition to be looked after well at home.
More than half of the funding for this new service has come from Cornwall Care with match funding thanks to people supporting the fundraising efforts of local voluntary group Dementia UK Cornwall.
The service also includes a dedicated Admiral Support Worker who provides financial and practical advice tailored to the circumstances of the people she helps.
Over 100 families have already been referred to the Admiral Nurse service in Cornwall.