Louise Goldsmith is Leader of West Sussex County Council.
A few weeks ago I met someone I hadn’t seen for a while. She told me that her husband’s dementia had become worse.
He needed more care and attention and she was now a full-time carer. “My life has changed considerably over the last few months”, she told me.
It is becoming an increasingly familiar story. Many couples in their later years are having their world changed significantly when one of them becomes the main carer due to physical infirmity, ill health or dementia.
Since the Social Care Bill last year, West Sussex County Council has renewed its focus on helping and supporting our carers in West Sussex.
We offer a free online carer’s assessment. I am pleased to say that my acquaintance had done the assessment and told me it was very useful.
The assessment can be done in the privacy of your home, either online or paper, and helps in providing options for a carer and a plan for the future.
There is a wide range of help and advice for carers, particularly online. Two useful websites are:
Carers Support West Sussex – www.carerssupport.org.uk
West Sussex Connect to Support –www.connecttosupport.org/s4s/WhereILive/Council?pageId=1879