Information about different types of nurses and how they can help support people with dementia and their carers.
Community mental health nurses (CPNs)
Community mental health nurses are also known as community psychiatric nurses (CPNs). They provide treatment, care and support for people with mental health problems and dementia. They might assess you at home, and they advise you and your carers on ways of improving your health and quality of life.
CPNs do not normally carry out physical nursing tasks, such as changing bandages. You could be referred to a CPN from your GP, a psychiatrist or from an inpatient ward. Your GP surgery can provide more information.
District or community nurses
District or community nurses have had extra training in nursing people at home. They are members of the primary care team based at the GP surgery, which is where you can contact them. District or community nurses can help you with things like taking medication or dressing wounds.
Practice nurses work with GPs and community nurses. They carry out a range of nursing activities within the GP practice, such as flu jabs and check-ups. Most GP surgeries have one. The practice nurse carries out general treatments (including dressings and injections). They also run clinics (eg managing asthma and preventing heart disease) and look after patients with ongoing illnesses (eg diabetes).
Admiral nurses are nurses who specialise in dementia care, and can support you as well as your carer. Admiral nurses are available in some parts of the UK but not everywhere. You can find details of your local service on the Dementia UK website.
Carers: getting help and support
If you are caring for someone with dementia, you may want or need support at some point. Find out about the types of help and support available for you to consider.