Being a carer can be physically and emotionally tiring, and sometimes you need support in order to provide care most effectively. Friends and family can be a great source of help, but it is worth knowing that there are is plenty of carer support in Dorset that can offer extra help or advice.
This page will help you to find the carer support group nearest to you, and let you know about the type of help they can provide you with.
The assessment is an opportunity to discuss your caring role and what support you may need. You can get help as a carer regardless of whether the person you care for gets support from the council or pays for their own care.
You do not necessarily have to live with the person you’re looking after or be caring full-time to have an assessment.
Your assessment will focus on the impact that caring has on you and should cover:
- your caring role and how it affects your life and wellbeing
- your health – physical, mental and emotional issues
- your feelings and choices about caring
- work, study, training and leisure
- relationships, social activities and your goals
- planning for emergencies
You can complete a carer’s assessment in Dorset or call 01305 221016.
Register with your GP as a carer
Tell your GP you are a carer, they will be able to offer advice and support.
Your GP practice has a dedicated person who can help you by providing information and advice on:
- any medical conditions including treatments for the person you care for – this may help you feel more confident in your caring role
- services provided by the NHS such as continence services and patient transport to hospital appointments
- advice on other services and welfare benefits
- carrying out home visits to you or the person you care for if it is difficult to attend appointments at the surgery
- arranging appointments for both you and the person you care for at the same time to avoid having to visit the surgery twice
- arranging for repeat prescriptions to be delivered to your local pharmacy to save you picking them up
Your GP will also be aware of your caring responsibilities should you need treatment or hospitalisation.
Carers’ support groups
Other carers can provide moral support, advice and expertise. A list of Dorset carer support groups can be found in Dorset Council’s service provider directory.
Carer Support Dorset is the lead carer organisation for Dorset and gives advice and support to all unpaid carers across the county where the person cared for is over 18. Carer Support Dorset’s aim is to create carer-friendly communities where carers are recognised, valued and supported.
The Leonardo Trust is an independent charity to help people in Dorset who care for a sick or disabled relative or friend, full-time, at home. The Trust may be able to help you with funds for a short break; help in the home, replacing broken household items like a washing machine; funds to help you learn something new.
Computers 4 Carers can provide you with a computer if you are a full-time unpaid carer and can train you how to use it. Having a computer can help you to stay in touch with family and friends, do your shopping online, book doctor’s appointments and much more.
Some charities have helplines and online forums that can give you advice and support.
Carers UK– 0808 808 7777
Alzheimer’s Society– 0300 222 11 22
The Dorset Carers Card recognises unpaid carers throughout the county.
The card can be used by carers who are signed up with the Carers Information Services in Dorset to obtain discounts for goods and services. Carers can find a Directory of businesses who are offering discounts here
To sign up to Dorset Carers Information Services:
- Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole residents should telephone the Carers Support Team on 01202 458204, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Carers Support Team, St Ambrose Cottage, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH4 8ER
- Dorset Council residents should telephone 0800 368 8349 (freephone) Telephone line open Monday to Friday 9:30am-4:30pm) or write to: Carer Support Dorset, Unit B6 Nimrod Way, Ferndown, Dorset. BH21 7UH
More information is available on their website: