This section will guide you round the elderly care and health services available in Dorset. It signposts to key resources provided by the NHS and Dorset County Council as well as how to find and decide on local care services provided by both the local authority and private providers.
NHS Services in Dorset
There are 100 GP practices in Dorset, all of which are organised by the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in geographical groups called Localities. The CCG is responsible for commissioning all health services in the county. You can find information about individual GP surgeries on their website here.
All GP surgeries have their own website which contain lots of useful advice and help about their services or support you can access through the surgery for elderly parents or relatives. An introductory guide to services you might expect via the GP can be found here.
Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services, including community and mental health services. Twelve community hospitals offer services including elderly care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient appointments, theatre, therapy services, and minor injury services. Information about their services including locations is here.
NHS Choices is the official website of the National Health Service in England. It provides a comprehensive health information service with articles, videos and tools, helping you to make the choices about health and lifestyle. It has a directory of services to help find, choose and compare health, support and social care services in Dorset.
Dorset County Council Adult Social Care Services
A good way to start to arrange more help either at home or in a residential home is by requesting a care needs assessment from Dorset County Council Adult Social Care department. Whether care will be funded by the council or independently, a care assessment will identify the help that is needed – from alterations to the home, additional help during the day or night, or moving to residential care. The assessment will also identify the needs of carers. We have useful guidance and links for preparing for an assessment here.
Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission is the regulator of all health and care services in the UK. If you are choosing care, whether services at home, or residential care, it is highly recommended that you read CQC inspection reports and the ratings of services and providers on their website here. You can search by postcode for care homes and care agencies using their directory.
This is a great introductory guide to a range of Dementia services in the county – Dementia Directory. (health warning – some of the contact details for organisations are out of date, but the information is still useful).
Age Space Dorset has lots of resources to help: you may find these sections helplful:
You might also find information on our main site useful:
or join our forum here and ask any question you may have.