SweetTree Home Care Services is to become one of the first private home care providers to employ a dedicated Admiral Nurse to support families affected by dementia.
The London-based company provides domiciliary and live-in care, including support for frail, older people and specialist programmes for those with dementia.
It decided to employ an Admiral Nurse following a long-standing relationship with the charity Dementia UK, which oversees the specialist nurse initiative.
The senior mental health nurses, who specialise in dementia, work with carers and patients, providing expert advice and support to help families cope with the condition.
Hilda Hayo, chief executive of Dementia UK, said the nurses “bridged the gap between the health and social care system” but the scheme was limited due to lack of funding.
“We’re thrilled SweetTree is taking steps to employ its own Admiral Nurse, as this will bring the vital service to more families,” she said.
Nicki Bones, operations director of SweetTree, said: “The role Admiral Nurses play in helping family carers is hugely beneficial to those lucky few who can gain access to them.
“For many families they are a vital lifeline and by offering our clients access to an Admiral Nurse we will be building on the life-changing care and support our dementia team currently provides.”