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Care at Home in Dorset

More care at home – where to start

Recognising that your parents or relatives need more help at home can be difficult. No-one wants to admit they can’t cope, and most of us are reluctant to have people in the house more than is necessary.   Sometimes the need for help is a gradual process as everyday tasks become more challenging.  Other times you might need to arrange care quickly in response to a particular situation.  The goal is to enable people to live independently and happy in their own homes for as long as possible so in this section we cover all aspects of getting more care at home.  There is lots of help available in Dorset and this section wlll point you in the right direction for getting more care at home.

Assessing if your parents need more help is the first important step. Sometimes it can be hard to tell! We have a checklist of things to look out for and questions to ask.  We urge you to encourage your parents to get a “supported assessment” from Dorset County Council which will provide them with a clear guide to the help they need, what help they can get, and critically, who will pay for that care.

In this section we cover the following:

  1. Introduction to Prama
  2. Our guide to assessing if your parents need more care and help at home
  3. Getting an Assessment from Dorset County Council
  4. Choosing a Care Agency – questions to ask and considerations to make
  5. Hiring a carer
  6. What does great care at home look like – what you should expect
  7. How to complain