Support is available in a variety of ways for example, if you need help to prepare food and drink there may be equipment that could help or if you need help around the house you may like to think about employing a cleaner
How to choose who you get care and support from
Find out about what support is on offer in Dorset, and how to get care that is right for you.
You may like to make a list of the things you need support with, how often and what time of day.
If you need a small amount of help in your own home. Homecare could be something to consider. Or alternatively you may wish to employ a personal assistant.
If you would like to think about opportunities to get out and meet with others day services could be for you.
If you need more than a small amount of help at home live-in care could be for you. Or alternatively you may like to think about moving into housing with care.
If you know the type of care you need, find out what is available in Dorset.
To find the care you are looking for you can:
- find a personal assistant in Dorset
- find day services in Dorset
- find homecare in Dorset
- find live-in care in Dorset
- find housing with care in Dorset
- find a care home in Dorset
If you would like some help in finding and arranging care Care Home Selection is a free and independent service that can help call on 0800 008 7193.
Make a shortlist of the companies you have found and get some ideas on questions to ask.
- if you are looking for a personal assistant (Disability Horizons)
- if you are looking for home care (Care Choices)
- if you are looking for housing with care (Age UK)
- if you are looking for a care home (Care Choices)
You may wish to view the most recent inspection report from the Care Quality Commission.
If you can, meet the carers or visit the care home. You may like to take someone with you such as your family, a friend or a carer.
Preparing a list of things you would like to ask and make a note of responses and your initial thoughts and impressions, if visiting more than one you can compare them later.
If you need help with transport door-to-door community transport maybe available.
Having met with the carer or visited the care home think about whether they can provide what you are looking for.
Think back to your first impressions, the notes you have made and this will help you to make a choice.
If you are having difficulty in finding choices that would work for you, you can get help.
Care Home Selection can help to find and arrange care call on 0800 008 7193
Or for further information and advice call our Adult Social Care team on 01305 221016.
Choose the kind of support you need
If you need some extra support, explore the different kinds of help you can get.
Getting help within your own home
If doing things day-to-day is hard and you need extra help, homecare might be for you.
Employing someone to support you
You can live your life with a personal care assistant supporting someone you know to care for you.
Finding out about social activities in your community
You can get help and do things you want and meet people with day services
Have support on hand day and night, in your own home
A live-in carer is a way for you to stay in your own home. They can be there whenever you need help
Have support on hand day and night, in housing with care
You can have your own home with help at hand in extra care or supported housing
Get support in a Dorset care home
If you have complex needs, a care home could be right for you. Check your options and get a place if a care home could help you live your life