Carers Support

Are You a Carer?

What is a Carer?

A Carer is someone who, without payment, regularly helps a disabled, ill or frail relative, friend or neighbour.

If you are a Carer, we would like to know via the form opposite. As a Practice we can offer you help and support.  Tina Tubbs from the Patient Services Team is our Carer's Lead and is available for support and advice via reception.

Register a Carer

Carers Support Dorset

Register as a Carer on or via 0800 368 8349 for further support and information.

There is also an organisation called Help and Care - telephone number: 01202 434455 - who have free factsheets on more than 20 topics relevant to Carers and will visit you or can offer support if you contact them.

Carers UK

Carers UK – making life better for carers

20 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4LX 

Tel:  020 7378 4999 


NHS Links

There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring.  Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Seeing a parent struggle in later life is always difficult. You instinctively want to help, but it can be hard to know where to start.

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

  • Benefits for carers

    Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

  • Benefits for the person you care for

    Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to

  • Death and benefits

    How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits

  • Managing someone's legal affairs

    Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after

  • Other benefits

    Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring

  • Personal and household finance

    Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers

  • Social fund

  • Tax credits

    Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible