Carers Page

Are you looking after someone who could not manage without your support? If yes, then you are a carer.

Who is a Carer?

A carer is defined as anyone who cares for a family member or friend who could not manage without their support for example, supporting someone with a physical disability or long-term health condition, by helping with their shopping, cleaning their home or providing emotional support. 

A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who looks after or helps to look after someone. If this is you, please click here to see support specifically for young carers.

Carers Register

Caring for someone can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging, tiring and isolating. And that is why we would encourage you to let us know if you are a carer. When you tell us that you are caring for someone we will place your details on our Carer’s Register so that practice staff are aware you are carer.  We will not share this knowledge with anyone else unless you tell us that we can. 

Why is this important? We may be able to give you important help and advice.  It is also helpful for our GP’s to know that you are a carer as it may affect your own health and treatment.  How do I let you know? You can speak with one of the members of our practice team, drop us an email or use the ‘contact us’ page on this website.

Surgery Support

We have a carers pack full of useful information and advice which you can collect from Reception. Alternatively, you can take a look at this virtual carers pack:

Kelly, our Social Prescriber, is also our Carers Lead here at the surgery and is happy to be a listening ear. If you feel like you could do with some support or would like information on services available, she can help to point you in the right direction. Please call the surgery and ask to speak with her, or you can send an email to us for her attention.

Local & National Support

We encourage all carers looking after someone over the age of 18 to register with Carer Support Dorset. Carer Support Dorset can help you to access services to make your caring role easier, keep you informed via regular newsletters, give you access to the Dorset Carers Card which can save you money, as well as provide a wealth of training opportunities to help you as a carer. To register, please click here, alternatively contact Kelly and she can complete the registration on your behalf.

Urgent Support

If you need urgent support and you feel you cannot continue to carry out your caring role and the person you care for lives in Dorset, contact the Adult Access Team on 01305 221016.

Carers Assessment

carer’s assessment is free and and open to any carer, regardless of their financial circumstances. It’s separate from the needs assessment the person you care for might have, but you can ask to have them both done at the same time. This is not to be judged as a carer, this is a conversation with a professional social care worker to check your well being, explore how you are coping and whether there is any support that can be provided to help you with your caring role. Carer Support Dorset can refer you for a carer’s assessment, you can complete a form online, or you can contact adult social services (01305 221016) directly.

At Milton Abbas Surgery we know that you are a key partner in providing care for your loved one and you are the ‘expert’ when it comes to their day-to-day needs. There are rules though when it comes to what information as healthcare providers we can give you about the person you care for. If the person you care for is happy for us to share medical information with you, they will need to give their consent by completing an Information Sharing Consent form. Please ask at Reception for more details.

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