If you look after a family member, partner, friend or relative who needs your help and support because of their serious health condition, fraility, disability, ill mental health and are unpaid THEN YOU ARE A CARER.
Please ask at Reception to be added to the “Carers Register” to receive help and support or complete the Carers Registration Form and return to the surgery.
Definition of a Carer
A carer is a person of any age who provides or intends to provide on-going, unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend. Without this help, the health and wellbeing of the cared for person could deteroriate due to frailty, disability, a serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse.
It is recognised that:
- The carer may live with or apart from the cared for person.
- Professional care may also be in place.
- The cared for person could be in residential care however the carer should still be recognised and may still need support.
USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS:
Carer Support Dorset – Telephone freephone 0800 368 8394 Website: https://www.carersupportdorset.co.uk/help-advice/am-i-a-carer/
Register as a Carer to obtain a Dorset Carers Card. The Dorset Carers Card gives you access to discounts across Dorset including at cafes, shops, attractions and with professional services. There are hundreds of opportunities across Dorset to use your card, visit the Carers Card website from the above link to discover the offers available. On the reverse of the card there is space for your emergency contact numbers so people know who to contact in the event of an emergency. Register as a carer with Carer Support Dorset and receive one of these free cards. Once issued, your Dorset Carer Card is valid for five years.
Social Services Dorset 01305 221016
(Carer’s Assessment – optional)
Help and Care 0300 111 3303
Dorset Advocacy 0300 343 7000
CAB Dorchester 0344 245 1291
Age UK Dorchester 01305 269444
Carers Direct 0300 123 1053
(Free confidential advice)
Department of Work and Pensions
Carers Allowance 0345 608 4321
Attendance Allowance 0800 731 0122
Dorset Carers Activity Service 01202 771336
(You may be eligible for a grant but must be registered as a Carer first)
www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk All Services / Care and Support for adults / Service Directory / Help in the Home or Adult Care Directory.
SAIL (Safe And Independent Living) provides access to information, services, and support which will ensure preventative measures, and promote health and well-being.