Norfolk Carers supports local groups' fight for dementia

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Norfolk Carers supports local groups' fight for dementia

Postby wendy » 07 Dec 2016, 12:03

Norfolk Carers supports local groups' fight for dementia nurses
A leading organisation for unpaid carers in Norfolk is getting behind the fight by local groups to save Norfolk's Admiral Nurses, who support families living with dementia, following a decision earlier this year by South Norfolk CCG to cut the service in the area.
Kevin Vaughan, from Norfolk Carers says:
"Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families living with dementia to help them cope. We believe that this support improves the health and wellbeing of people dementia and their carers and reduces the risk of hospital admissions. Rather than cutting the service, we would like to see more nurses across Norfolk."
Dementia support groups in Wymondham, Thetford, Holt and Stoke Holy Cross are joining forces with Dementia UK ,and meeting today (7th December) to try to find a way of funding Admiral Nurses for the whole county.
Dianne Fernee, Organiser of Wymondham Dementia Support Group says:
“There are around 17,000 known sufferers of dementia in the county and that could represent at least 17,000 carers who also need support. By supporting the whole family, practically and emotionally, Admiral Nurses allow a person with dementia to stay at home with their loved one for as long as possible and can avoid the stress for the person with dementia, and their carer, that comes from their having to leave a familiar environment.”
Carers often tell me they can feel guilty and lonely when caring for someone with dementia and the Admiral Nurse service is a lifeline. We want to raise sufficient funding to be able to get these nurses for the whole of Norfolk.”
For more information contact Dianne Fernee at Wymondham Dementia Support Group on 07712727897
Norfolk Carers is a one-stop service for carers in the county providing a range of services including practical and emotional support through a free Advice Line, Norfolk Carers Handbook, Time for You short breaks, Grants and Funding and Individual Support. For more information contact the free advice line on:
0808 808 9876
Text only: 07497 002864 Website: Facebook: Norfolk Carers Twitter: @norfolkcarers

Kevin Vaughan, Norfolk Carers Service Performance, Quality and Communications Lead is available for interview:
Tel: 01603 405665 Email:

Norfolk Carers is the support service for unpaid carers in Norfolk. Their Carers Handbook, Advice Line and Information Hub have details about services for all carers. Most of the services provided by Norfolk Carers are funded to support Adult Carers and Young Adult Carers, aged 16-24, caring for someone aged 18+.
Norfolk Carers is a formal partnership of local carers’ support organisations, commissioned by Norfolk County Council and five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and led by Norfolk Carers Support. Partners are: Norfolk Carers Support, West Norfolk Carers, West Norfolk Befriending, Age UK Norfolk, Norwich and Central Norfolk MIND, West Norfolk MIND and Great Yarmouth and Waveney MIND. Access to Norfolk Carers is through Norfolk Carers Advice Line on 0808 808 9876.
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