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Staying healthy and independent

All our services aim to help you stay healthy and be as independent as possible. We have a range of services designed to meet lower-level social care needs, and these are available to everyone.

Prevention assessment teams
Prevention assessment teams can support you to stay safe and healthy and to continue living independently in your own home for as long as possible.

The teams usually work with people who do not yet receive support from Adults’ Services or specialist health teams, including mental-health and learning-disability services.

The teams, which are made up of staff from the county council, Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust and the voluntary sector, include social care workers and nurse advisers.

This means they can:
• help you get the support you need to remain independent
• put you in touch with agencies that can make sure you are receiving all the income you are entitled to and help you with practical activities such as shopping, cleaning and gardening
• advise you about how to keep healthy and
• connect you to local community groups and activities that interest you.

Wellbeing hubs
These provide a single point of contact for information and help to support people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Community hub: COVID-19
In March 2020, we worked with district and borough councils and voluntary- and community-sector organisations to set up a community hub to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hub provides information and advice, and connects local people with the most appropriate support for their situation. Please go to Useful contacts for any change to these arrangements.

My Network
This network provides information, advice and support for people with a learning disability or autism. It also gives people an opportunity for informal socialising, as well as structured activity sessions.

Pathfinder West Sussex
• Pathfinder West Sussex is a group of organisations that work together to support people with mental-health needs, and their carers, to improve their mental wellbeing. The organisations also help people to improve their physical health and wellbeing.

Carers Support West Sussex
We have a contract in place with this specialist organisation to provide a wide range of services for family and friend carers. These services include a carer’s helpline which provides information, advice and support, running a number of support groups, and producing a regular and detailed newsletter. They also carry out carer assessments on our behalf.

The organisation helps thousands of carers every year to access a whole range of support to meet their needs. This includes equipment to help people stay independent, a carer discount card scheme which is run in partnership with local businesses, and respite care and short breaks for carers.

See Useful contacts for full contact details of each of the above services.

Occupational therapy and rehabilitation
Occupational therapy and rehabilitation aims to help you make the most of your abilities and to support you to maintain or improve your independence. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants will be able to give you advice and information about the best ways to stay as independent as possible. They can support you to learn or relearn everyday skills, by showing you new ways of doing things, providing equipment or making arrangements to adapt your home. 

You can ask for support by contacting our Adults’ CarePoint.

Community Reablement Service
Our occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants work alongside Essex Care Ltd staff to provide you with a short-term reablement programme in your own home to help you regain your independence. You may need this service after a stay in hospital or just because you have not been coping as well as you would like.

This supports you to improve your confidence, strength and ability to carry out day-to- day activities such as: 
• getting up from a chair, a bed or the toilet
• getting dressed
• walking around your home;
• walking out and about in your local community
• washing or
• making hot drinks and meals.

The service is free for the period your occupational therapist has identified that you need it for (the reablement period).

If you still need support after the reablement programme ends, we will look into longer-term care and support arrangements to help you stay at home.

Supporting you to leave hospital – Discharge to Assess with Reablement Service
We have ‘care with reablement’ settings that provide 24-hour support when you leave hospital so that you can continue your recovery and be supported to regain your independence. The service is provided in a care home where there are social care workers, occupational therapists and trained care staff.

The service plays an important role in helping you to safely leave hospital as soon as possible and makes sure no long-term decisions about your care and support needs are made in hospital.

When you enter the service you will have an assessment of your needs and agree what you want to achieve, with the aim of returning to your home. The service is free for the reablement period identified by your occupational therapist.

For further information, read the information leaflet ‘Supporting you to leave hospital – Discharge to assess with reablement’  or contact our Adults’ CarePoint and ask for a copy.

Last updated: 15 June 2021