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Register as a carer with Carer Support Dorset to be referred for a Carers Assessment

The Carer Support Dorset is the lead carer organisation for Dorset and gives advice and support to all age, unpaid carers across the county.  Carer Support Dorset’s aim is to create carer-friendly communities where carers are recognised, valued, and supported.

Carer Support Dorset will be able to refer you to Dorset Council Adult Social Care for a Carer's Assessment under the Care Act 2014.  This is not to be judged as a carer, this is a conversation to check your wellbeing, explore how you are coping and whether there is any support that can be provided to help you with your caring role.

If you do not feel ready for an Assessment you can still talk to Carer Support Dorset for advice and support.  They can be contacted via the telephone or through their website. Carer Support Dorset will be able to signpost or refer onto a wide range of existing support available for carers. This could include issuing a carers discount card, local carers’ cafes, befriending chatting service, or training.  

Carer Support Dorset explain how they can help you with free advice and information

Contact Carer Support Dorset on telephone 0800 368 8349 Monday to Thursday 9:30am to 4:30pm, Friday 9:30am to 4pm or email

The Carer Support Dorset Unpaid Carers Assessment Form can be completed here.

Alternatively, complete an Unpaid Carers Enquiry Form or phone 01305 221016.

What is a Carers assessment under the Care Act 2014?

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.

Who can have an assessment?

You do not necessarily have to live with the person you're looking after or be caring full-time to have an assessment.

You can have an assessment whether or not the person you're looking after has had one. A combined assessment of both your needs could be undertaken at the same time if you wish.

What will the assessment cover?

A carer's assessment is most beneficial when you are looking to improve your situation or change something. So think about what you would want to achieve or change by undertaking 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
  • housing
  • planning for emergencies

We will offer you advice and guidance and tell you about other services and support that is available. This could be through a direct service or signposting you to a community service.

Ask for an assessment

If you feel that a carers assessment would benefit you, contact us:

Complete an Unpaid Carers Enquiry Form or phone 01305 221016