As Colten Care’s first Admiral Nurse, I have been appointed to ensure that our promise of ‘supporting you to overcome the challenges associated with dementia’ is delivered. We aim to achieve this by continuing to have the resident at the heart of all that we do, and by ensuring our philosophy of living well with dementia is truly evidenced in our homes.
To be the South’s care home provider of
choice when residential care is needed for
someone living with dementia.
Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia care nurses who give expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families facing the challenges of dementia.
Working in Partnership with Dementia UK we are one of the first private sector care home providers to appoint an Admiral Nurse. To put into perspective just how important this appointment is for us, there are more than 650,000 registered nurses in the UK but only 180 Admiral Nurses, and most of them are in the NHS.
Whether it’s to support a resident, relative or colleague, my role as Admiral Nurse plays a pivotal part in our continual drive towards excellence in dementia care and supporting families to overcome the challenges associated with dementia.
Working with families to provide support, advice and reassurance is central to the role. This might be if you are reviewing your loved one’s daily life plan, discussing medication or looking for hints and suggestions on how to get the most out of your care home visits, especially where someone with dementia is presenting complex behaviours.
I will be at relative’s meetings and available by appointment with the Home Manager to meet face to face, on the other end of the phone or via my ‘ask Kay a question’ form on this page if preferred.
I am supporting our five dementia care homes (Linden House, St Catherines View, The Aldbury, Fernhill and Newstone House) to continuously monitor and review the care we provide, across both clinical needs (such as nutrition and medication) and social well-being (such as meaningful activities) . Plus, I will be on hand to help if someone is struggling with decisions about a care home, providing links to useful community contacts, or if they have concerns about an admissions process.
Part of my role is to work closely with our visiting and partner professionals and meet regularly with Dementia UK colleagues to share new ideas and methods on how to live well with dementia. I’ll be attending dementia conferences, leading our in-house dementia working party and help develop a 3 tier training programme for colleagues (from basic to enhanced levels) to ensure we apply knowledge of best practice to develop innovative relationship centered approaches to care.
As part of our dementia strategy, we support the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends initiative by hosting information sessions for staff, residents, relatives and community contacts at each of our homes. We are also one of the first private sector care homes, working in partnership with Dementia UK, to appoint an Admiral Nurse.
Five residents from a Fernhill enjoyed a creative day out in the historic Hampshire village of Buckler’s Hard.
Feel free to use this form to ask me a question.