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Carers Assessment

Registering as a carer

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:

  • any medical conditions including treatments for the person you care for - this may help you feel more confident in your caring role
  • services provided by the NHS such as continence services and patient transport to hospital appointments
  • advice on other services and welfare benefits
  • carrying out home visits to you or the person you care for if it is difficult to attend appointments at the surgery
  • arranging appointments for both you and the person you care for at the same time to avoid having to visit the surgery twice
  • arranging for repeat prescriptions to be delivered to your local pharmacy to save you picking them up

Your GP will also be aware of your caring responsibilities should you need treatment or hospitalisation.

Carers assessment

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 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:

  • 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.

Getting an assessment

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

Complete a carers assessment online or phone 01305 221016