Find the latest information and advice about Coronavirus in West Sussex.
Improving your health and wellbeing will help you to enjoy other areas of your life.
Wellbeing is a friendly and impartial service that can support you to make improvements to your health and wellbeing. Most of the services are free or at very low cost.
There are six Wellbeing hubs which cover different parts of the county. You can find out more about local activities and support services by talking to a friendly Wellbeing adviser - either in person or over the phone. See below for the contact details of your local Wellbeing hub.
The teams in your local area can give you advice and support on how to improve your health and wellbeing, such as how to stop smoking, how to become more active or making your meals healthier.
Phone: 01903 221450
Phone: 01903 737862
Phone: 01243 521041
Loneliness is particularly common among older people, although it may affect people of any age. It can contribute to mental health problems, such as depression.
We all have a need for social contact and relationships and there are services available if you are feeling alone.
You can look for activities in your local area that might help you. Perhaps you could join a group related to an interest or a hobby or find out about lunch clubs in your area.
The Getting out and about page of West Sussex Connect to Support has information about special interest groups, support groups, lunch clubs and community transport that can help you get out the house.
The Royal Voluntary Service’s Community Companions scheme offers practical help and company for older people. This might include: helping you to join activities in your local area, directing you to appropriate services that meet your needs, or arranging for some company or a chat with regular visits from a volunteer.
An important part of the service is to ensure that 'safe and well' checks are carried out by volunteers during all home visits, and they will monitor any change in someone's health, wellbeing or home surroundings.
You can find out more by visiting the Royal Voluntary Service website.
Anyone can fall, but falls in over 65s have a particularly big impact.
You can reduce your risk of a fall by increasing your levels of physical activity. Contact your local wellbeing hub to see what’s happening in your area or read our Getting out and about page for local groups and activities to improve your mobility and keep you healthy. This is really important to maintaining independence and health in later life.
Or take the Super Six challenge - a series of simple exercises to improve your strength and balance and to help keep you on your feet.
Have a look round your home for trip hazards
Have a look for trip hazards such as trailing cables and rugs. For a home assessment to find those hidden risks, the Prevention and Assessment Team provide information, education, advice and support.
For people who have a history of falling the Falls and Fracture Prevention Service (West Sussex) at Sussex Community services will be able to provide tailored help and assistance.
You could also have a look at the “Get Up and Go” exercises
Get Up and Go exercises have been developed specifically for older people, to help them feel more confident doing daily tasks, such as walking and going from a sit to a stand.
Prevention assessment teams are multi-disciplinary teams that support people to maintain their independence, health and wellbeing in their own homes.
PATs normally work with people who do not receive other specialist health or social care services. They provide information, advice and access to practical and emotional support, either over the phone or with a home visit.
The teams have close links to carers' services, local day centres, Sussex Partnership NHS, Wellbeing hubs, the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Neighbourhood Watch and many other voluntary and community services.
For more information about the PATs service, you can download a copy of this leaflet.
There are three general teams that cover different parts of West Sussex and one specialist team for working-age adults that covers the whole county.
Northern Prevention Assessment Team
Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex
Phone 01403 229510
Southern Prevention Assessment Team
Littlehampton, Chanctonbury, Worthing and Adur
Phone 01273 268900
Western Prevention Assessment Team
Chichester District, Arundel, Pulborough, Billingshurst and Bognor Regis
Phone 01243 642370
Wear lots of thin layers. Cotton, wool and fleecy fibers are particularly good for maintaining body heat. Try to stay inside during very cold weather if you have heart or respiratory problems. Wear shoes with a good grip when walking outside to prevent slips and falls.
If you are struggling to eat healthily, manage your weight, or make meals for yourself at home, there is support available on the West Sussex Wellbeing website.
If you or someone you know can't afford to buy enough food, you may be able to get some short-term help from your local food bank.
51-63 St Dunstan's Road
Phone: 07918 759664
Jubilee Community Centre
Phone: 07983 2099 940
The Family Centre
21 Orchard Street
Phone: 01243 773687
9 Sussex Road
Littlehampton Baptist Church
Phone: 0300 124 0204
It is important to eat well and regularly and to drink plenty of fluids to stay healthy.
Eating well helps you stay active and get more out of life.
A healthy diet can also improve your physical and mental health.
If you live alone, cooking a meal for one can sometimes seem like an effort. Sharing a lunch with someone once or twice a week, going to a café or pub now and again or joining a lunch club could help.
Visit the Getting out and about section to see what is available near you and transport options.
Cooking for yourself can sometimes be difficult. If you can’t open tins, stand for long periods or pour the kettle, there are many pieces of equipment that could help you. Have a look at the Equipment page for some ideas.
If you have difficulties preparing or eating food, you could get advice from the Disabled Living Foundation.
If you can no longer shop, you could have your shopping delivered to your house or consider having meals delivered.
If you have difficulty making meals or managing at home, you can phone West Sussex County Council’s Adults’ CarePoint to ask for an occupational therapy assessment. You can also ask for a reassessment if your condition has changed significantly.
Phone: 01243 642121
NGT Text Relay: 18001 01243 642121
(Available as a downloadable app for computer tablets and smartphones. Helps people with speech and hearing difficulties.)
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm (excluding bank holidays).
The Meals on Wheels service in West Sussex is delivered by apetito services. Meals can be booked for short periods or longer term. apetito services offers a wide selection of Nutritious meals & desserts 7 days a week, 365 days a year to suit a variety of dietary requirements. Meals will be delivered hot between 11.00 am - 2.00pm. All meals (excluding salads) will be cooked en-route in specialist Chefmobile vehicles and delivered in sectioned foil trays.
Deliveries are made by professional drivers, all of whom are Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checked and carry identification badges. This service not only provides nutritious meals but also makes sure older people have contact with people who conduct a brief Safe and Well check upon delivery. The service is available to all West Sussex postcodes.
Phone: 01903 718893
Free confidential helpline for older people. Call ANYTIME on: 0800 4 70 80 90thesilverline.org.uk
For more information about reducing the risk of having a fall, have a look at NHS - Falls Prevention page.nhs.uk/conditions/falls/prevention