There is lots of support for elderly people who want to remain living independently at home in Dorset.
There are many voluntary groups, charities and professional services to help achieve this aim.
We have collated a list of the most helpful websites and online directories which cover many aspects of home care, and these are listed below.
There are also organisations that provide specific support and help, ranging from gardening to cutting nails.
Sources of help for living independently in Dorset
From April 2019, support for people with long term health conditions and carers to feel more confident about self-managing has been provided through a comprehensive service across Dorset.
Based in primary care and an integral part of local communities across each locality, this health coaching and social prescribing support can improve individual’s confidence, their health and wellbeing as well as reduce inappropriate use of health services.
My Life My Care
My Life My Care is a very helpful source of advice and useful addresses. The most important section is the Carers Support Information Resource Programme(CRISP)which is a valuable and very well arranged directory that covers Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset, providing information and advice, support and services for carers, financial help and advice, health and wellbeing, and a service providers directory.
Charities in Dorset
Individual local services are provided by charities across Dorset. The provision of support and help includes advice and legal support including housing, help at home, befriending and outreach as well as social activities.
Age UK Bournemouth, Poole, East Dorset
Based on Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, services provided include nail cutting, car transport, advice and befriending. Age UK Bournemouthalso runs computer courses and regular lunch clubs and social activities
Age UK North, South and West Dorset
The North, South and West Dorset Age UK branch provides a range of services in west Dorset, including advice, help at home, running activities and befriending through the Reach Out service – volunteer befrienders visit lonely older people in the community who have no one to talk to.
For more information on other aspects of AgeUK’s work, please visit www.ageuk.org.uk
Pramacare (is a charity providing at home care services across Dorset, a range of clubs and activities in local communities. Their aim is to help older people to live independently in their own home with the care they need.
Services include personal care, sitting services, nail cutting and domestic support. In local communities their provide a range of services including pop-in, special interest and dementia clubs. See PramaCARE for details on domiciliary care service and PramaLIFE for more details on all community services.
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross has two mobility services in Dorset, in Poundbury and Poole from where it also provides a support at home service.
Royal Voluntary Service
Royal Voluntary Service– Formerly known as the Womens Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS), Royal Voluntary Service volunteers support thousands of older people every day to stay independent in their own homes and enrich their lives.
Whether it’s Meals on Wheels, Good Neighbours and befriending services, the home library services (also known as Books on Wheels) or lifts to and from hospital and GP appointments, Royal Voluntary Service offers the practical help that can make all the difference. The Good Neighbours and befriending services not only provide much-needed social contact for older people, they also contribute to hospital avoidance.
For advice on ways to adapt a home for safe independent living see our guide to Preventing Falls in the Home.
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