If you know you are going into hospital there are a few practical things you may need to do.
- Let people know, for example, family, friends and neighbours
- If you receive care or support services, such as home care, you will need to let the company know
- Secure your home
- Cancel newspapers
- Make sure your pet is looked after.
If you are claiming benefits, notify the Department for Work and Pensions and the district or borough council office that deals with your claims, as your new circumstances may affect your benefit entitlement. You will need to contact them again when you come home to have your benefit reassessed. You may also be entitled to other benefits if you have become disabled as a result of your illness.
If you are getting social care support from West Sussex County Council, contact Adults' CarePoint to let them know, so that your services can be stopped. To get social care support after a hospital stay, you can either contact Adults' CarePoint before you go into hospital or ask to see a social worker during your stay in hospital. If you are a carer, you can also contact Adults' CarePoint for advice.
Phone: 01243 642121
Opening hours: 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays)
If you have a pet that will need to be looked after while you are in hospital, your vet or local pet shop may be able to suggest a good cattery or kennel. Alternatively, organisations such as National Petsitters and NARPSUK can provide information about pet sitters in your area.