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The range of services and support available for Dorset carers including how to join the carers information service.

The assessment is an opportunity to discuss with your local council your caring role and what support you may need. You can get help as a carer regardless of whether the person you care for gets support from the council or pays for their own care.

Who can have an assessment?

You do not necessarily have to live with the person you are looking after or be caring full-time to have an assessment.

You can have an assessment whether or not the person you are looking after has had one. A combined assessment of both your needs could be undertaken at the same time if you wish.

What will the assessment cover?

A carers assessment is most beneficial when you are looking to improve your situation or change something. So think about what you would want to achieve or change by undertaking an assessment.

Your assessment will focus on the impact that caring has on you and should cover;

  • your caring role and how it affects your life and wellbeing
  • your health - physical, mental and emotional issues
  • your feelings and choices about caring
  • work, study, training and leisure
  • relationships, social activities and your goals
  • housing
  • planning for emergencies - such as the Carers in Crisis scheme

We will offer you advice and guidance and tell you about other services and support that is available. The information you provide will help us assess your eligibility for council services.

We have further information on eligibility criteria for carers.

Getting an assessment

If you feel that a carers assessment would benefit you, contact us:


Complete an assessment online or contact us on 01202 458204


Complete an assessment online or contact us on 01305 221016


Contact us on 01202 633902 or email


Page last updated: 26/02/2018 12:24
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