Your Rights As A Carer Your Rights As A Carer

Carers UK research shows that 10.6 million people will become carers in the next five years, looking after older, ill or disabled loved ones.  Making sure they get the information they need at the right time is key.

Carers UK has launched a range of new resources to help carers find out about their rights - please use the link at the bottom of this page to access the Carers UK website


Top Ten Tips to Ensure You’re Getting the Help You Need

- by Carers for Carers


1.   Call Carers Support West Sussex on 0300 028 8888

For practical information and emotional support relating to your caring role.


2.   Get The Financial Help You're Entitled To

Make sure both you and the person you’re caring for are receiving all the financial help you’re entitled to. You may also want to find out about gaining Power of Attorney. Numbers to call:

  • Carers UK Advice Line 0808 808 7777
  • Age UK Money Advice Service 01903 731800
  • Contact your local CAB 0844 477 1171


3.   Have The Assessments You're Entitled To

Carers are entitled to a statutory Carers Assessment

To request one,contact CSWS on 0300 028 8888

The person you care for may be entitled to a Community Care Assessment.

 To find out contact Adult Social Care Point on 01243 642121 

4.   Tell Your GP You’re a Carer

You may be entitled to a flu jab, visits from the district nurse team and a health check for yourself. You may also wish to be able to discuss the medication or treatment of the person you are looking after. To find a health professional in your area call:

  • One Call 0845 092 0414


5.   Look After Your Own Health

Remember to take your own medication and ensure you get some regular respite.
Why not speak to one of the dedicated Carers Health Team:

  • North Team 01403 227613
  • South Team 01243 623521


6.   Find Out About Your Rights at Work

If you feel your employer will be supportive tell people at work you’re a carer. There may be extra support available to you and you may find colleagues in a similar situation. Contact ACAS to find out about your rights at work 0300 123 1100


7.   Seek Help From Friends and Family

You don’t have to cope alone. Encourage the person you care for that others will be there for them instead of just you.


8.   Put Relevant Emergency Arrangements In Place

A topped-up, fully charged mobile is useful when you’re out and about. Also think about:

  • Carers Emergency Respite Service, Crossroads Care South Central 01903 790270
  • Technology based equipment, Carers Support can help you access simple home based technology based equipment to suit your needs
  • Add In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact details into your mobile phone


9.   Reduce Your Workload

  • Consider paying someone else  to do weekly chores.
  • Think about alternative care arrangements to give you some respite: lunch clubs, home care and other day services for the person you look after
  • Apply for a blue badge free parking if eligible, contact West Sussex County Council 01243 777653
  •  Order your shopping for home delivery over the phone or via the internet.
  • Complete the online Caring with Confidence course via NHS Choices 0300 123 1053.


10.  Link Up With Other Agencies Who Can Support You

Prevention Assessment Teams: Chichester & Bognor 01243 642370 | Chanctonbury, Littlehampton, Worthing & Shoreham 01273 268900 | Crawley, Horsham & Mid Sussex 01403 229510

Occupational Therapy (OT Connect) 01903 839100