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A carer can be anyone of any age who is unpaid and supports a friend or family member due to their illness, disability, frailty, mental health or substance misuse
We define a carer as ‘a person who provides unpaid help and support to a partner, child, relative or friend, who could not manage without this help’. You may be eligible for a ‘carer's assessment’ – this is an opportunity to discuss what support or services you need. The assessment will look at how caring affects your life, including for example, physical, mental and emotional needs.
Being a carer is often a difficult and – for some – lonely role, but this support is invaluable. If you care for someone, we want to work with you, involve you in the services we provide.
Our staff will always do their best to involve friends and family in the care we offer.
Your knowledge is vital in helping us to do our best for your cared for and help support your wellbeing.
This site gives more detail about how we can work together effectively. Much of the information in our patients section may also make useful reading.
And you can also learn more about the Valuing Carers in Dorset strategic vision for supporting the wellbeing of carers across Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch (BCP) and Dorset.