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 Molly Coupe.

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. 

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>>>