West Sussex County Council work in partnership with Carers Support West Sussex.
If you care for an adult in West Sussex, you can request an assessment of your needs as a carer by contacting Carers Support West Sussex, they will discuss the impact caring is having on your life and they can direct you to services that are available in your area and let you know whether you are eligible for funded support from West Sussex County Council.
You can have a carer’s assessment no matter what kind of care you give or how often and regardless of whether the person you care for receives support from the county council. If the person you care for has not had an assessment of their social care needs, it may be helpful for them to have an assessment as well, because they could be eligible for support. You can choose to have your assessments together or separately.
If the person you care for lives outside West Sussex, it is the local authority in the area they live that would offer you this assessment. It doesn’t matter that you live elsewhere.
Carers Support West Sussex The Orchard 1-2 Gleneagles Court Brighton Road Crawley RH10 6AD
A helpline for information and support, including finding and paying for alternative care, your rights as a carer, taking a break, looking after yourself and planning for the future
Carer Wellbeing Support Workers who can offer information and emotional support to help you in your caring role.
In addition to general Carer Wellbeing Support Workers there are specialist staff to support parent carers, young adult carers (aged 16-25 years) and carers of people with: mental health issues, drug and alcohol issues, learning disabilities, autism and asperger syndrome and dementia.
Counselling and telephone call back services
Carers Support Groups for all carers and specialist groups for parent carers, young adult carers (Shine programme for those aged 18-25 years) and carers of people with: mental health issues, drug and alcohol issues, learning disabilities, autism and asperger syndrome and dementia.
Social, training and information events
Access to the Carer Wellbeing Fund
A free trial of telecare equipment.
Carers Assessments carried out on behalf of the local authority. This is not an assessment of how well someone is caring. It is about how a caring role is affecting someone’s life. An assessment can help a carer to consider the needs they have and may enable them to feel recognised and supported as a carer. An assessment can lead a carer to find ways of better managing their stress or physical health, improve their financial situation and enjoy activities outside of caring. It can also help to come up with an action plan if anything goes wrong or if additional help is ever needed.