How do you change attitudes towards dementia and older people?

Series 3 Episode 5: Navigating health and social care services for those with dementia

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Attitudes to dementia and older people need to change, a lead nurse at Dementia UK tells Nursing Standard podcast.

Director of clinical services Paul Edwards, who has worked with older people for 25 years as a nurse, tells #nspod he is concerned by how difficult it is to navigate health and social care services for people with dementia.

During the interview, Mr Edwards begins explaining what dementia is and provides tips for general practice nurses, nurses in the independent sector and those working in acute settings.

He emphasises how important it is to be aware of dementia and not allow it to mask other conditions.

Dementia-specific nurses

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Dementia UK has established specialist dementia nurses called Admiral Nurses, similar to Macmillan Cancer Nurses.

These accredited nurses can help people who have dementia and their families – who may also require support.

However, with just a few hundred Admiral Nurses in the UK, the charity receives between 1,100 and 1,400 calls a month via a dedicated helpline.

During the interview, Mr Edwards suggests looking again at the need for creating a separate registration for older people’s nurse specialists, as was recommended by the Francis Report in February 2013.

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