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 a carer. The person you care for may be your partner, parent, child, a relative or a friend. A carer can be an adult or a child. In West Sussex there are over 84,000 adults who are carers and an estimated 6,000 young carers aged under 18.
The information on these pages is for people who are looking after an adult with care or support needs. If you are a parent caring for a child under 18 with special needs or a disability, go to the Education, children and families section of the West Sussex County Council website or phone Children’s Access Point (CAP) on 01403 229900 or email email@example.com.
Carers may give different kinds of care, for example:
Caring for someone can be hard and it may put a strain on your own physical and mental health. It can also limit your ability to work, socialise or get out and about, so it’s important to make sure you are supported too.
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.
The demands of caring can often lead carers to give up their job or reduce their working hours. You can find out more about your rights if you are working and caring for someone on Carers Trust’s carers and employment page.
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The video above aims to help professionals understand their role in identifying family and friend carers and signposting them for support as necessary.
More information can be found on the following pages:
Carewise care funding scheme - easing the worry of paying for long-term care
If you are caring for a older parent and are struggling to cope, age space may provide some support. Find out more at www.agespace.org.
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