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Colchester nurses offer support for people affected by dementia

02 Feb Colchester nurses offer support for people affected by dementia

The families of people with dementia who are being treated at Colchester Hospital are now receiving dedicated support to overcome difficulties and stay connected to their loved one following the launch of a new specialist service.

Former dementia care nurse specialists Maisey Dear and Vanessa Mclean have converted to Admiral Nurses to further improve care offered to people with dementia and their families or carers.

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses offering emotional support, clinical expertise and practical advice. They are supported and continuously trained by the charity Dementia UK to ensure that they stay at the forefront of excellence in dementia care.

Vanessa and Maisey receive referrals from colleagues when a patient has been admitted to the hospital and their family is experiencing difficulties or struggling to cope. They offer one-to-one support and expert guidance, as well as techniques to help with areas such as communication or managing behaviour changes associated with dementia. They can also help with discharge planning, give information about different types of dementia and its progression, and signpost people to sources of further support, such as carers’ groups.