Rachel is appointed to charity's new role

A charity has made a new appointment to increase its support and help to those living with dementia.

Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 7:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 8:48 am
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Age UK North Tyneside will officially launch its Dementia Service at a special event at the Linskill Centre, North Shields, on Thursday, April 28.

And those who attend between 9.45am and 12.30pm will get a chance to meet the borough’s only Admiral Nurse, Rachel Watson.

The appointment is the result of a partnership between Dementia UK, the Ballinger Trust and Age UK North Tyneside (AUKNT).

People living with dementia will be able to call on the specialist services of the Admiral Nurse and the Dementia Service team to receive expert practical and clinical support.

Alma Caldwell, group chief executive of Age UK North Tyneside, said: “It is a real coup for a charity to have such a post and we are one of only two in the north east that has an Admiral Nurse.

“This puts us at the forefront of providing excellent support services to people with dementia and their carers here in North Tyneside.”

Isabel Owens, head of integrated care at Age UK North Tyneside, said “We are delighted to enhance our extensive Dementia Service by this appointment, which will help people live a more rewarding, independent life in their own homes for longer.”

The Dementia Service hosts Memory Cafes in Whitley Bay and Killingworth.

There are Peer Support meetings, where people can support each other, and a Dementia Garden – a place for various groups to get involved in cultivating or simply enjoying the changing seasons.