West Sussex Care Month
October is West Sussex Care Month and the perfect time to think about your care in the future.
Most of us don’t think about care at all until it affects a loved one or we need to consider it for ourselves, but it’s good to know what information and advice is available when you do need support. That’s the theme of West Sussex County Council’s Care Month.
West Sussex Care Month is about helping you to access information and advice so you can make the right choices at the right time. Whether you receive care, are caring for someone else, want to plan for the future or would like a career in care, there is information out there that could help you.
For example, did you know that you can seek financial advice about paying for longterm care and support for yourself or someone else through the Carewise care funding advice scheme, even if you don’t need care right now?
Become ‘carewise’; advice about paying for care is something that would be beneficial at a much earlier age than most people realise, particularly since the recent pension changes. The choices you now have about how to save or invest your pension make it worth considering what money you may need to pay for care in later life before you retire.
Caring for someone can take its toll, but you don’t need to go through it alone. There are many carers groups available across West Sussex and a range of specialist support services for carers is available from Carers Support West Sussex.
Perhaps you could support someone with dementia by offering overnight respite in your home or supporting them for a few hours during the day? If so, you might think about becoming a paid Shared Lives carer. The Shared Lives scheme supports people aged over 18 who are unable to live independently and the scheme is now supporting people with dementia.
You can find a wide range of information about care in West Sussex on the West Sussex Connect to Support website. It has pages of information about issues and conditions including dementia, mental health, disabilities, leaving hospital, health and wellbeing and caring for someone, as well as a self-assessment area and a directory of local organisations and care providers that provide care services and activities including dementia clubs, carers groups, equipment, home care and care homes.
To find out more about care in West Sussex visit
www.westsussex.gov.uk and search ‘Shared Lives’