Are you looking after someone who could not manage without your support? If yes, then you are a carer.
Who is a Carer?
You may not consider yourself a carer, as caring is often something we do for family or friends without question and without defining or labelling it as such. If you provide care to someone who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, and they couldn’t manage without your support, then you are a carer.
Carers can be anyone of any age and perform any number of different tasks to support the person they are caring for. You may be providing practical support like shopping, meal preparation, personal care (such as washing or dressing) or you may be providing emotional support to support someone’s mental wellbeing. You do not have to live with the person you care for to be a carer.
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.
Caring for someone can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging, tiring and isolating. It can impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health, to finances and work, and caring without the right information and support can be tough. That is why we want to know who all our patients with caring responsibilities are, so they can get the support they need.
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.
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. Alternatively, you can complete the online form found on the Mid Dorset Primary Care Network Carers page (more information about this page can be found below).
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:
- Carers Pack Welcome Letter
- A Practical Guide to Healthy Caring
- Carer Support Dorset Brochure
- Herbert Protocol
- If Only I’d Known That Booklet
- Social Prescribing Leaflet
- Wellbeing Team Flyer
Kelly, our Social Prescriber, is also our Carers Lead here at the surgery and is here to help you. If you feel you would like some further information on services available to you, or you could do with some support, she can point you in the right direction. Please call the surgery and ask to speak with her, or you can send an email to [email protected]t for her attention.
Dorset Carer Support Services
Every carer should be supported with the right information and advice in order for them to feel able to carry out their caring role. In Dorset we have two ‘front door’ carer support services in which we encourage every carer to be registered with. They provide you with regular newsletters to keep you informed, give you access to the Dorset Carers Card which can save you money, and provide a wealth of training opportunities to help you as a carer. You can register with them yourself by using the details below, or you can contact Kelly and she can complete the registration on your behalf.
If you care for some who lives Dorset Council, you will need to register with Carer Support Dorset for support:
- Tel: 0800 3688349
- Website: www.carersupportdorset.co.uk
- Email: [email protected]
- Carer registration form: Webform (dizions.co.uk)
If you care for someone who lives in BCP Council you will need to register with Carers’ Resource Information and Support (CRISP) for support:
- Tel: 01202 128787
- Website: www.crispweb.org
- Email: [email protected]
- Carer registration form: Join The Carers Information Service (crispweb.org)
In an Emergency
Sometimes things happen that we are not prepared for, so its important you know who to call. If you are experiencing a crisis situation with a break down in care arrangements and do not have any provisions in place for replacement care, please contact one of the following:
- If the person you care for lives in Dorset, contact Adult Access Team on 01305 221016 or email [email protected]
- If the person you care for lives in Bournemouth/Christchurch/Poole, contact the Adult Social Care Contact Centre on 01202 123654 or email [email protected]
BRIDGIT is a self-help service for unpaid carers, currently being trialled by the Mid Dorset Practice Care Network and Dorset Council. It provides access to online support for anyone who assists a friend or relative. It’s free and quick to use, and can help them to get access to advise, local events, discounts, and services. You can also create a personal and bespoke profile and support plan. For more information, please go to https://bridgit.care/support
Adult Care & Support Services Directory
The Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole & Dorset Care Directory is full of information to help you arrange care and support. It provides details of local care providers, guidance on what support services are available, and information on how to access social care in your area. To get a free copy sent to you, please call Care Choices Ltd on 01223 207770. Alternatively, you can download a PDF copy or view as an eBook online here.
Our Primary Care Network Carers Information Page
Milton Abbas Surgery is one of nine surgeries within Mid Dorset Primary Care Network (PCN). The PCN was set up in order for our local surgeries in Mid Dorset to work together to enable great provision of proactive, personalised, coordinator and integrated health and social care for people closer to home.
That is why we have created a joint Carers Information Page on the PCN website which holds the rest of the information that is available to support you as a carer. Please visit the PCN Carers Information page for further information, advice and support. It covers information on:
- How we can support you
- Local support services
- Young Carers
- Planning ahead
- In an emergency
- Support for carers in our Dorset hospitals
- Carer’s Assessment
- Carers Information Pack
- Carers News
- Useful websites and contacts
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