Dementia care in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Woodbury has been celebrated with a cuppa and cake and the chance to meet an Admiral Nurse.
Budleigh Hub hosted a Dementia UK time-for-a-cuppa annual tea party, where more than 60 people got together to meet the area’s two Admiral Nurses.
The two ‘lifeline’ Admiral Nurses for Woodbury, Budleigh and Exmouth have been in post since November 2018, helping more than 200 family carers and their loved-ones, giving one-to-one support, guidance, and finding practical solutions for families and people living with dementia.
Liz Seward, Admiral Nurse, based at Exmouth Hospital, said: “It was wonderful to bring together people living with dementia, carers, partner organisations and local supporters of the Admiral Nurse service.
“It gave us an opportunity to thank the community for their ongoing support.
“The Admiral Nurse service is a true partnership between the charity Dementia UK, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and the local community, who have raised the vital funds for this service.”
A Budleigh-based carer at the event said having the support of an Admiral Nurse had made ‘a huge difference’.
They said: “She was a wonderful help at a time of great stress and strain, leading me through the minefield of challenges to help me achieve the very best for my wife and myself.
“The Admiral Nurse service is vital and its support must continue”
Dementia UK currently has 282 Admiral Nurses working across the country, including out in the community, care homes, hospitals and hospices.
East Devon’s service was set up after a donation from a local family. It continues to be funded by community-minded individuals and organisations, including The Mede, Powderham Castle, and families who have benefited from the support and care of an Admiral Nurse.
David Bassett Chairman of the WEB (Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh) Community Health and Wellbeing Board said: “Whilst it took some time to put the Admiral Nurse service in place it has quickly become an integral part of dementia care in our community providing a vital service supporting families who need that additional support and guidance.”
Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO at Dementia UK, said: “Dementia can leave many families isolated and without the support they need. This is why it’s so important for people to come together, to talk to people with the condition and to reminisce about the lives of people who have been lost to it.”
She added: “Since Time for a Cuppa began, it has raised over £850,000 to provide more dementia specialist Admiral Nurses around the country. We are so grateful to everyone who has taken part over the years.”