Meddyg Care has become the first care home group to establish an admiral nurse service in Wales.
Admiral nurses, which are approved by Dementia UK, offer comprehensive and focused knowledge to help families and those living with dementia through all stages of the disease, as well as additional backing and care for cases with extra complexities.
There are less than 300 admiral nurses within England and Wales, with none located in north Wales.
In addition, Meddyg Care’s admiral nurse will be just the fourth in Wales, and the first situated within a care home, with the others currently within regional health boards and the Royal British Legion.
Meddyg Care managing director Kevin Edwards said: “The appointment of an admiral nurse is not just a big step forward for Meddyg Care, but also a significant progression in dementia care quality across all of north Wales.
“Providing access to high-level care and support to not only our residents, but also their loved ones is one of our core principals, and we are thrilled to continue to strive towards that goal by establishing this service.
“Our work can only be boosted by sitting at the forefront of knowledge and skill provision when it comes to caring for those living with dementia, and the support arising from this new role will be of major benefit to all of our staff.”
Meddyg Care’s admiral nurse will provide support from pre-admission to the care home and through any transitions in care including the end of life and post-bereavement.
Alongside the care homes’ continual training and development of staff, admiral nurses will also have access to further clinical supervision and professional development.