Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey has praised the work of Sutton’s Admiral Nurses and expressed shock that Sutton is the only London Council to fund such dementia trained nurses.
Lib Dem-run Sutton Council is the only London Council to fund Admiral nurses, who are specialist dementia nurses who can help patients to live in their own homes for longer, retaining comfort and independence in their lives. These nurses also work closely with carers and families to help them understand what is happening and provide crucial love and support to help them deal with changes in their lives.
The Admiral Nurse Service was expanded to 4 nurses supporting over 200 Sutton residents following a successful trial in 2014. In its first 12 months the service, operated as a partnership between the charity Dementia UK, Sutton Council and Sutton CCG, has saved over £290,000 in health and social care costs and improved the lives of many residents living with dementia.
Most carers of people with dementia said that this service had reduced their stress, and all carers asked said it had improved their quality of life.
Councillor Ruth Dombey, Lib Dem Leader of Sutton Council, has now questioned why Sutton is the only Council to provide this service. She said:
“These Admiral Nurses provide a crucial service in not only making patients lives more comfortable and allowing them to live in familiar environment, they also help carers and families going through this difficult time to understand why these changes are happening and how they can learn to cope.
“Sutton has an ageing population, but all London Boroughs are seeing increased numbers of dementia patients and Councils must take action now to help cope with this. I am shocked that Sutton remains the only Council with a dedicated Admiral Nurse service.
“50% of our Councillors are trained Dementia Friends, and we also have a Councillor who is qualified to deliver this training. Through action like this, Sutton is helping to educate everyone about how Dementia can impact lives, and how to deal with it when it may arise, in family, friends or members of the public.
“I would urge everyone to sign up and become a Dementia Friend today by contacting your local branch of the Alzheimers Society.”