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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 is a central point of contact, whether by phone or through the 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, funding streams and referring to funded services from the local authority through a carers assessment.
Carer Support Dorset explain how they can help you with free advice and information
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:
Your GP will also be aware of your caring responsibilities should you need treatment or hospitalisation.
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.
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.
A carers 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:
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.
If you feel that a carers assessment would benefit you, contact us:
Complete a carers assessment online or phone 01305 221016