Are You A Carer?
A carer is an individual of any age, including children, who offers unpaid assistance to a partner, family member, friend, or neighbour who relies on their help to manage various life challenges. This dependency can stem from factors such as old age, fragility, disability, a severe health condition, mental health issues, or substance misuse. Parents caring for disabled children or those with severe health conditions are also recognised as carers.
Recognising that you are an unpaid carer can mark the initial step towards obtaining the necessary assistance and support for your carer role.
We are here to support carers, regardless of their unique circumstances.
Why and How You Should Register with Us
Caring for someone can be fulfilling, but we understand that it can also be demanding, exhausting, and, for some, socially isolating. We are committed to assisting our caregivers because we recognize the immense value and significance of your role. Therefore, it is crucial that you inform us about your carer status. Once you have informed us that you are a carer, we will include your details in our carer registry. This ensures that our medical staff is aware of your caregiving responsibilities, and we may be able to provide additional support to help you manage your own health, including:
Access to flu vaccinations
Access to longer GP appointments
Flexible and priority appointment scheduling
Referrals to specialized caregiver services
Follow-up communications from dedicated Care Coordinators affiliated with each clinic
An opportunity to participate in our monthly GP Carers Clinic for one-on-one, in-person support
All newly registered carers will receive a call or letter from our Carers Lead and a carers welcome package and a phone call for additional support.
Carer Support Links
Bridgit Care is an organisation that helps unpaid carers across the UK. They are supported by the government.
There are more than 6.5 million carers in the UK. Many of them are unknown to organisations and professionals and do not receive support in their caring role or personal lives.
Bridgit Care aims to change this.
“Taking care of someone can be tough and it can leave you with no time to look after yourself. Bridgit Care is here to help. We’ll take care of you, so you can take care of them.” Bridgit Care
Carer Support Dorset is a charity that supports carers in Dorset. It offers information, advice and guidance for young carers, looking after someone, or looking for support.