Support for elderly people living independently in Dorset

Support for elderly people living independently in Dorset

There is a lot of support available for elderly people who want to remain living independently at home in Dorset. Our Dorset Home Care Finder is a great place to start your search for additional help.

There are many voluntary groups, charities and professional services to help achieve this aim. Many of these are listed and accessed from the Dorset Council and the Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council websites.

Below, we have collated a list of the most useful charities and organisations with services ranging from support, advice and befriending to gardening, help around the house or nail cutting.

Assistance Living Independently in Dorset

Help & Care

living independently in Dorset

Help & Care is an organisation run in partnership with the Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. They offer support for people with long term health conditions, as well as helping carers to feel more confident in their role.

Their primary care service is an integral part of the local community, providing health coaching and confidence, whilst reducing unnecessary use of other health services.

Services they provide include:

Assistance Living Independently in Dorset

Make living at home safer with a Helper

Good Life Sorted will introduce you to a local Helper to take on any tasks you might need help with from companionship to cooking, from light cleaning to running errands.

Carers Support Information Resource Programme (CRISP)

The Carers Support Information Resource Programme (CRISP) is a valuable directory that covers Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, to provide information, advice, support and services for carers, including financial help, health and wellbeing.

On signing up to the service, you’ll receive information regarding a fantastic range of local events for carers and a carers discount card for money off local services and suppliers.

Get in touch with them through the details listed below for more information.

Charities in Dorset

Individual, local services are provided by charities across Dorset. The provision of support and help includes advice and legal support on housing, help at home, befriending and outreach as well as social activities. 

Age UK

Age UK Bournemouth, Poole & East Dorset

Age UK is a country-wide charity set up to help provide people with care and support as they get later on in life. They have a branch based on Wimborne Road in Bournemouth to serve the area of Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset.

They are able to provide a range of services, including health advice, help around the house, nail cutting, IT support and befriending. Age UK also runs regular lunch clubs and other social activities.

Visit their website for more information, or get in contact using the details below.

Age UK North, South and West Dorset

Age UK also a branch set up to serve the rest of Dorset (North, South & West), located in Poundbury, that provides a similar range of services, including advice, help around the home, gentle exercise activities and befriending. They also offer a Reach Out service through the Reach Out service, through which volunteer befrienders visit older people in the community, who are struggling with loneliness.

Visit their website for more information, or get in contact using the details below.


PramaCARE is a charity that provides at-home care services for people across Dorset, as well as a range of clubs and activities within the local communities, known as PramaLIFE.  Their aim is to assist older people to live independently in their own home and make sure they have access to their care they need.  

Services they offer include personal care, sitting services, nail cutting and domestic support.  In local communities, they provide a range of services, including including pop-in, special interest and dementia clubs. 

Get in touch with them through the contact details provided or visit the website below for more information.

Royal Voluntary Service

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Royal Voluntary Service

The Royal Voluntary Service support thousands of older people every day to stay independent in their own homes and enrich their lives.

Whether it’s practical support, providing social activities, community transport or offering advice; the Royal Voluntary Service offers the help that can make all the difference.

Get in touch with them through their contact form, or visit the website to find more details on the services offered.

For advice on ways to adapt a home for safe independent living, please see our guide to Preventing Falls in the Home.