You're a carer if you're looking after someone regularly because they're ill, elderly or disabled – including family members.
Carers help with:
- washing, dressing or taking medicines
- getting out and about and travelling to doctors' appointments
- shopping, cleaning and laundry
- paying bills and organising finances
They can also give emotional support by:
- sitting with someone to keep them company
- watching over someone if they can't be left alone
All of these count as being a carer.
If you are a carer, please let us know - we may be able to help you.
Care for the Carers
Care for the Carers is an independent charity and the Carers Centre for East Sussex. Their team of staff and volunteers can provide free practical and emotional advice – face to face, by telephone, or online. They can put you in touch with other carers, and help you navigate the range of services available locally. They also run support groups, training and events across the county.
Find out more at their website www.cftc.org.uk or call 01323 738390 to book an appointment to see their local support worker at Battle Health Centre (clinics every 2nd Thursday each month).
Social care and support guide
There is a wealth of information on www.nhs.uk about carers and caring. If you or someone you know needs help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability, the NHS website explains your options and where you can get support:
- Support and benefits for carers- includes carer's assessments, support from local councils, respite care and help for young carers
- Help from social services and charities- includes helplines, needs assessments, advocacy and reporting abuse
- Care services, equipment and care homes- includes home adaptations, help at home from a paid carer, staying safe and housing
- Money, work and benefits - how to pay for care and support, and where you can get help with costs.
- Care after a hospital stay - includes hospital discharge and care and support afterwards
- Practical tips if you care for someone - includes advice on challenging behaviour, moving and lifting people and medicines
- Caring for children and young people - services and tips if you care for someone under 21, and moving to adult social services
- Making decisions for someone else - includes powers of attorney and mental capacity.
Telephone helplines and forums
You can find websites and contact details for charities and support groups here.
Sussex Police is raising awareness of the national scheme, The Herbert Protocol. The scheme encourages carers or next of kin, to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable elderly person going missing. For further information please visit the following link provided by Sussex Police Herbert Protocol.