Getting the best support can sometimes be more challenging for families from the Chinese community living with dementia because of the stigma surrounding the condition and the lack of culturally appropriate dementia resources and services.
Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and Chief Executive at Dementia UK, introduced the service: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Chinese Welfare Trust to deliver this landmark Admiral Nurse Clinics service. We know that people from the Chinese community continue to face barriers when accessing support and are more likely to be in crisis when they do.”
Admiral Nurse Emily Ka-Hei Lui is leading the new service. She has experience of supporting families living with dementia from the Chinese community in Hong Kong, and speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.
Emily spoke about her involvement in the service: “I’m proud to be taking on the role of Clinics Admiral Nurse to deliver Dementia UK’s first specialist dementia service to support an ethnic minority in the UK. There is a real taboo around dementia in Chinese and South East Asian cultures. I want to tackle the stigma and help families living with dementia understand that there is a lot that we can do through specialist dementia care which can help families take back control.”
The service is available to families residing in, registered with a GP, or who are a member of one of Chinese Welfare Trust’s local community partners in the London boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Tower Hamlets, and Westminster.
To learn more about the new service visit Dementia UK.
To find out if you meet the referral criteria for the Chinese Welfare Trust Admiral Nurse clinic, you can call 020 3870 9350 or email CWTANclinic@dementiauk.org.