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If you provide unpaid support to someone who couldn’t manage without your help because of old age, a disability, an illness, mental health problems or an addiction, then you are one of 89,000 family and friend carers living in West Sussex.
Carers provide an invaluable service to the people they care for and this section aims to provide you with useful information and resources to support you.
In this section you will find advice on maintaining your own physical and mental wellbeing, details of organisations that can provide practical help and support so you can have a well-earned break, and information about services and equipment that can help you and the person you care for.
Adult carers who look after another adult in West Sussex are entitled to an assessment of their needs by West Sussex County Council.
The assessment looks at your caring role and the impact that being a carer has on your life and wellbeing. The assessment will tell you whether you can receive funded support from the county council and give you details of carers groups, benefits information and other services to support you.
There are free support services for all carers in West Sussex provided by Carers Support West Sussex.
Young carers who are under 18 are supported by a specialist team in West Sussex County Council’s Children’s Services. For more information, go to the Young Carers section of the West Sussex County Council website.
Telecare uses electronic gadgets such as necklace alarms, medicine reminders and fall sensors to keep people safe and well.
Some telecare equipment could help the person you care for to manage better without you and give you peace of mind when you are not with them.
To find out more, go to the Telecare page.
The Carer Health and Wellbeing Fund offers small grants for carers for help to pay for equipment, services or activities that will support your wellbeing as a carer. That could mean, for example, a computer to help you stay connected with friends and family or a gym membership to help you look after your health. The fund is managed by Carers Support West Sussex and you need to be registered with Carers Support to apply for a grant. For more information, contact Carers Support West Sussex.
Emergency back-up services can make sure the person you care for is looked after if you are suddenly unable to care for them. There are two free services in West Sussex that you can register with.
Contact Chichester Careline to register.
Contact Crossroads Care South Central to register.
for family and friend carerscarerssupport.org.uk
If you are caring for a older parent and are struggling to cope, age space may provide some support.agespace.org
Services, information and events for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities and their families.westsussex.local-offer.org
Offer help to parent carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities.westsussexparentsforum.co.uk