A leading North East dementia charity has appointed Newcastle’s first Admiral nurse, in partnership with the national charity Dementia UK.
Joe Costello has joined the team at Dementia Care, which runs specialist day centres in Newcastle upon Tyne and Hexham and provides a range of services for those with dementia and their families.
The 44-year-old from Northumberland has spent his career in various community nursing roles in the NHS.
Admiral nurses, supported by Dementia UK, work with families, offering them the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions they need.
In his new role, Mr Costello will also manage Dementia Care’s free “dementia guides” service, based at the Bradbury Centre, in Brunswick Village, Newcastle.
The guides act as a single point of contact for people with dementia and their families, helping them understand the condition and its effects, visiting them at home and offering on-going support.
They can also advise on a number of topics and provide free products, ranging from easy-to-use clocks and reminders to mobile phone apps and health monitors.
Newcastle’s first Admiral dementia specialist nurse appointed
Mr Costello and his team will also help families access Dementia Care’s online course on making the home more dementia-friendly.
He said: “Dementia Care really is leading the way in providing an overarching service for those with dementia and their families here in the North East and I am thoroughly looking forward to strengthening that service and being part of their highly skilled and very welcoming team.”
Carol Brown, Dementia Care’s head of care, said the appointment of an Admiral nurse would be “of huge benefit to service users and their families”.
“Joe brings an additional level of expertise and specialist training to Dementia Care and we are delighted to welcome him to the team,” she said.
Dr Hilda Hayo, Dementia UK’s chief Admiral nurse, added: “We are very pleased with Joe’s appointment.”
The appointment was made possible via financial support from Dementia Care, Northstar Foundation, the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria and Dementia UK.