Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- Caring for a parent
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Carers support groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible
Carers Support Workers
We have different Carers Support Workers who can provide support and information on an individual basis, including access to financial support that maybe available.
GP surgery based: working with every GP Surgery through out the area; support workers visit the surgeries on a weekly basis.
Mental Health: a support worker can meet with you in your own home, or another place of your choice, to look at ways of helping you to improve your quality of life and help you continue in your caring role.
Learning Disabilities: a support worker provides practical and emotional support to help you in your caring role.
Hospital: support workers are available at East Surrey, Crawley and Horsham Hospitals.
How can we help you?
Many carers do not see themselves as such- because they see themselves as a parent, spouse/partner, son/daughter, relative, friend or neighbour.
1 in 10 of the population are carers.
As a result, they often miss out on services, support, advice and benefits available to them.
Carers Support Service, North and Mid Sussex can help you by providing information, practical and emotional support and a listening ear.
If you wish to speak to Carers Support Service please let our receptionists know or phone 01293 657040.
GP workers: 01293 657046
or you can register online by visiting www.carerssupport.org
Carers Support Service
1-2 Gleneagles Court