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Caring for someone

Looking after your own health and wellbeing

Caring for someone can take its toll on your own mental and physical health. If possible, try to take time out from caring to do things for yourself.

Perhaps someone else could take over from you regularly or temporarily, a support group of other carers would help or some short-term residential care for the person you look after could give you a break?

You can find what support services are available in your area in the  Getting out and about section.

Fill in a carer's self-assessment

As a carer you are entitled to an assessment of your needs, separate from the person you care for. You do not need to be living with the person you care for to receive this assessment.  You can complete a carers self-assessment form online to help you to think about the things that are working well for you,  and to help you identify areas that can be improved.

If you are thinking of asking for a carer’s assessment, you may find it useful to fill in a carer’s self-assessment first.

You can use the self-assessment to think about what is working well in your life and what needs to change. You don’t have to complete a self-assessment before contacting West Sussex County Council, but it can help you think about your situation.

To find out more about carers’ self-assessments, go to the carers self-assessment page.

Last updated: 7/2/2020

Websites you may be interested in

Carers Support West Sussex

for family and friend carers


If you are caring for a older parent and are struggling to cope, age space may provide some support.

Local Offer

Services, information and events for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities and their families.

West Sussex Parent Carer Forum

Offer help to parent carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities.