Press release from Dorset Council
Following the announcement from The Department for Health & Social Care, unpaid carers in Dorset can now request free Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for when they are carrying out their caring responsibilities with a focus on extra-resident carers (those who live outside of the household of the cared for person).

Unpaid care is care that is delivered by a family member or friend for those who, due to a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

Unpaid care includes a range of activities including delivering personal care such as washing, dressing, and feeding as well as help with laundry, cooking, shopping, and cleaning.

Carers who will be able to request free PPE

  • Extra-resident unpaid carers (i.e. those who don’t live with the person they care for);
  • Co-resident unpaid carers (i.e. those who reside with the person they care for);
  • Unpaid carers who are caring for a clinically extremely vulnerable person

A standard package of PPE is available which includes visors, aprons, face masks, hand sanitiser, and gloves.

To request your PPE, complete the online form at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/UnpaidcarersPPE or call  01305 221000. Lines open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm. Delivery options are available for those who cannot collect or do not have someone they can ask to collect on their behalf. Deliveries will be made by volunteers and Dorset Council will aim to get packages out within two working days.

Caring takes on many forms and you may not even identify yourself as a carer, but the caring you do entitles you to information, advice, and support. It is really important that when you’re caring for someone that you look after yourself too.

Caring can be very rewarding, but without the right support it can have a negative impact on your health, career, finances, or relationships.

You may have found that your caring role has become more challenging due COVID-19, or you may have taken on new caring responsibilities.

Carer Support Dorset is the first point of contact for advice and support to all age, unpaid carers across the Dorset Council area. Their aim is to create carer friendly communities where carers are recognised, valued, and supported. Contact them on freephone 0800 368 8349, or view their website www.carersupportdorset.co.uk.