A couple of months ago, the Henley Herald reported that The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) in Henley had launched a new Admiral Nurse service for families living with dementia.
The role was made possible thanks to the staff at Invesco Perpetual who voted to raise money to fund Henley’s first ever Admiral Nurse service. Over the subsequent twelve months, Invesco worked in association with Dementia UK to raise £70,000 for this project.
Claire Myers, Charity and Community Support Manager at Invesco Perpetual, and Helen Collins, Senior Project Manager at Dementia UK recently met up with Jane Moss, Henley’s Admiral Nurse, to welcome her to her new role.
Jane has been working with several families in the local area. She has had referrals from families themselves, from the two Henley surgeries, but also from visitors to the monthly Memory Cafés held at Chilterns Court Care Centre, York Road which are open to people living with dementia and their families.
Jane said, “We hold Memory Cafés on the first Thursday of every month, and they have already proved very successful. One family who came to the café said this was the first time they had been out of their home as a family for years.”
Jane’s role as Admiral Nurse is to help family members who are caring for loved ones with dementia. She works collaboratively with the carer to help them cope with the fear and uncertainty of living with dementia. This support can range from answering telephone enquiries to visiting people in their own homes, to running the Memory Cafés and information and education sessions about the condition. She also works across seven other OSJCT care homes in Oxfordshire.
Claire Myers, Charity and Community Support Manager at Invesco Perpetual, said “Working with Dementia UK was a hugely rewarding experience for everyone at Invesco UK and we are delighted to be able to turn our fundraising into support for families in Henley living with dementia. It was wonderful to meet Jane for the first time today and to learn about the valuable interventions she has already made to our community. This fundraising initiative has made a true difference.”
Helen Collins from Dementia UK told the Henley Herald: “Dementia UK’s goal is to recruit more Admiral Nurses across the country. We are making headway as we now have 200 nurses in place. We are absolutely delighted to have been able to recruit an Admiral Nurse for Henley. We would like to thank everyone at Invesco Perpetual for making this role possible. It will be a genuine help to families in the local community who are living with dementia.”
For more information about OSJCT’s services visit their website www.osjct.co.uk. Enquiries can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ‘Chilterns Court Memory Café’ in the subject line or by ringing 01491 526 900.