Carers Support

Do you look after someone?

You might not think of yourself as a carer and think what you do is just part of being a parent, spouse, friend or sibling.  

“A carer is someone, who without payment, regularly helps a disabled, mentally or physically ill or frail relative, friend or neighbour.” (Help and Care)"

We know that carers can be any age, including young carers aged under 18 who helps to look after a relative who has a disability, illness, mental health condition or drug or alcohol problem.

Carers are at a much higher risk of becoming ill and it is important that you  look after your own health and accept any treatment that you need as, ultimately, you cannot look after someone else without first looking after yourself we may be able to help you.  

If you care for someone else, please let us know so we may update our medical records.  Complete and submit the form below or contact us to let us know.

The Practice keeps a record of all known carers, as well as those being cared for.  It is important that the Practice team recognises the role that carers play in co-coordinating the care and support required by dependant patients.  Carers should be actively involved in discussions of treatment and expected outcomes; together with the recognition of the impact caring has on them as an individual. 

The Practice Carer Lead is Brenna Martin-Lewis.

On this page you will find a wealth of information about carers, caring and carer support that we hope you will find useful.

Are you a Carer?

Let us know by completing and submitting the form below. 

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A picture of a couple walking in the woods with the Help and Care logo and the words, Dementia Coordinator Service.  Many people living with dementia feel that having support along their journey will maximise independent living and prevent a crisis.  The Dementia Coordinator Service, delivered by Help & Care, is committed to supporting people to live well with dementia.

Dementia Coordinator Service

Many people living with Dementia feel that having support along their journey will maximise independent living and prevent a crisis.

The Dementia Coordinator Service, delivered by Help & Care, is committed to supporting people to live well with Dementia.

The service is available to everyone across Dorset, age 18 and over, including support for immediate carers and loved ones.

Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, the Memory Assessment Service will make a referral to a Dementia Coordinator at Dorset Healthcare.   However, Help and Care will accept self-referrals and referrals from GPs and other stakeholders as long as a diagnosis of Dementia is confirmed.

Help and Care work in partnership with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Dorset and Age UK, as an integral part of the Dementia Services Pathway for Dorset.

For more information, download and view this Help and Care leaflet or visit their website by following this link>> www.helpandcare.org.uk/services/dementia-coordinator-service

 

The Dementia Coordinator Service support and advice includes:

  • Information relating to the diagnosis and its prognosis
  • Advice and guidance for a carer or family
  • Coping with memory loss
  • Information on driving with Dementia and legal requirements
  • Benefits entitlement and how to claim
  • Information on care options and how to access these
  • Referral to Age UK for Cognitive Stimulation Therapy if applicable
  • Liaising with agencies, groups, clubs and other community-based support resources on behalf of the service user, if required
  • A dedicated Early Onset Dementia Coordinator for those diagnosed aged 65 or under.

This list is not exhaustive but does highlight the expertise, experience, and knowledge available. The service is non-clinical, so any questions relating to clinical issues or medication should be addressed to your GP.

Information from Our Dorset

Our Dorset is a partnership of health and social care organisations working together to deliver Integrated Care Systems.

The vision of Our Dorset is for everyone to have access to high quality, joined-up health and care services, available when and where they are needed.
 
Our Dorset provides useful information for carers through the Dorset Council website.   

Follow this link for more information:>>

Information about Social Prescribing

Social prescribing is when patients are referred to support in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing. Patients are connected to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Carers in particular need to look after themselves so they can look after others.

More information about the service can be found on the Jurassic Coast Primary Care Network Social Prescribing page by following this link:>>

Carer Support Dorset

Carer Support Dorset is a registered charity that provides support for all carers in the Dorset Council area. They help carers to access services, information, education and training, respite, and breaks from their caring role. They ensure they have a voice that is heard and work with health and social care professionals and employers to raise carer awareness and develop best practice.

For more information phone 0800 368 8349 or follow this link to the Carer Support Dorset website>>>

Are you a young carer?

 

A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who looks after or helps to look after someone. It might be your mum or dad, grandparent, brother or sister or a close relative. This often means doing things like cooking, cleaning, shopping, giving medication or just talking and helping when the person you care about is feeling sad.  School, friends and doing things you enjoy can sometimes be hard to fit in. 

If you look after or help to look after someone, follow this link for Help and Advice for Young Carers>>>