You can get care and support from small independent carers, or community care micro-providers. They are a good option if you:

  • would like the choice of a carer local to you  
  • have a clear idea about the support you need
  • are able and happy to take responsibility for organising and managing your care yourself

Find a community care micro-provider

You can search for micro-providers in Dorset on the Help and Kindness website.

Quality standards and regulation for carers

Only some community care micro-providers need to be regulated by the Care Quality Commission. They do not need this regulation if they are individuals contracted by the person getting care, or somebody acting for them.

The Care Quality Commission has information on whether a carer needs regulation in your situation.

In all cases, we ask community care micro-providers to follow the 'doing it right' quality standards designed by social enterprise Community Catalysts. The providers must be reliable and committed to safety, and offer care that meets people's needs.

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