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.
Help to reduce the strain of coping with your caring role
The Carers Health Team is a team of health professionals whose purpose is to promote the health and wellbeing of carers. They will work directly with you to help reduce any strain in your caring role.
The Sussex Community NHS Trust provide this free service to support carers over the age of 18 registered with a West Sussex GP.
Phone: 01243 623521
Short break provision for carers
It is important that carers take time to look after their own health and wellbeing. There are a variety of carer services to support you to have some time to yourself.
You can find more information from the Carers Support West Sussex 'Relaxation and Respite' webpage.
Due to COVID-19, it is best to use the contact information given by your local providers and talk to them directly. They can tell you more about about respite, short breaks and other services they offer.
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 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.
Websites you may be interested in
Carers Support West Sussex
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
West Sussex Parent Carer Forum
Offer help to parent carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities.wspcf.org.uk