As a carer, it is vitally important that you take time for yourself, to look after your own health and wellbeing.  One way of doing this is to make sure you get opportunities to relax and de-stress.  Being able to recharge your batteries is an important part of most people’s lives, and is especially important for carers, who can feel isolated as well as experience back pain, stress and other conditions as a result of their caring role.

Respite

Respite can mean different things to different people.  It might be residential respite for the person you care for so you can stay at home and have some time to yourself.   It might be meaningful day time activities for the person you care for or you might have a different idea altogether about what a break means to you.  We can tell you about respite and other opportunities that are available to suit your situation.  Or we can give you some ideas for you to make your own enquiries, depending on what you like to do. 

We may be able to help with paying towards the cost of this, through our Carer Wellbeing Fund.

Short Break Provision

Below you will find a list of providers near you who are offering a variety of carer services for you and the people you look after.

As a result of Covid-19 it is best to contact your local providers, where they can talk through with you the respite, short breaks and other services they are offering. Current information on countywide services, that remain open for you, is also shown below.

Please look after yourself and take a break from Caring – look at the information provided and do something for YOU.

Please note all sessions need to be booked prior to attendance – please call the service provider directly. Details of how to do so are below.
Our Take Time For You leaflet has lots of useful information. You can download a copy by clicking on the image opposite.

Countywide

Home Respite: Yes

Cost: Free

Transport:  N/A

Frequency and length of care: Up to 6 visits. Up to 1.5 hours per visit with service delivery across both weekdays and weekends.

Specialist care for specific conditions: No

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Service is for the carer and the person they care for if they are living at the same address

How to book:  Call 01273 227800 or email sahwestsussex@redcross.org.uk

Home Respite: Yes

Cost: Rates range from subsidised £8 to £22 at weekends (prices per hour)

Transport:  N/A

Frequency and length of care:  Self-funding as much as required.  Subsidised 6 hours a week and one 10 hour night sit

Specialist care for specific conditions: Person specific training is provided i.e. peg feeding, epilepsy, Dementia, Parkinson’s

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Be a carer and registered with Crossroads to qualify

How to book:

Call 01903 790270 for updates on current services available or email admin@crossroadscare-sc.org

Home Respite: Yes

Cost: Free

Transport:  N/A

Frequency and length of care:  Up to 48 hours support Mon-Fri.  Up to 72 hours from Friday evening. Unlimited call out in times of crisis

Specialist care for specific conditions: Person specific training is provided ie peg feeding, epilepsy, Dementia, Parkinson’s

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Be a carer and registered with Crossroads to qualify

How to book: Call 01903 790270 for updates on current services available or email admin@crossroadscare-sc.org

Alzheimer’s Society countywide offer to support Carers and People Affected By Dementia in this time-

All group activities service users are receiving regular welfare checks and connected via the delivery of virtual groups where possible.

The Dementia Advisors/Support Workers are providing welfare checks with their current caseload and telephone assessments with all new referrals. Those who are considered most vulnerable are being prioritised and referred into the relevant services.

Companion Calls are also a great new interim service that joins up our service users with a volunteer for a friendly chat. People are being devastated by isolation and loneliness right now and these calls will really help.

Locally, our ask is that people phone us for any support they need throughout the outbreak as we have a full team of home based staff and volunteers available at present via our Sussex.Helpline@alzheimers.org.uk  / 01403 213017 and we will respond as soon as possible.

Our Dementia Connect Support Line remains open on 0333 150 3456 every day and we are exploring ways we can extend the hours we’re available. Dementia Talking Point our online community, where people affected by dementia can receive valuable support, can be accessed online for free, night or day, through our website www.alzheimers.org.uk

Arun

Littlehampton

Monday
Littlehampton Daybreak 10am-3pm
The Wave leisure centre (freedom leisure)

A programme of stimulating activities, 2 course lunches provided.
£25 Annual Registration £29 per session

Contact:  daybreak@ageukwestsussex.org.uk  or 07904 977 251

Arundel

Monday
Arundel Drop-in and social event.
Arundel library / social event location will vary Arundel
Last Monday will be a 2 hour drop in session for carers of those with dementia where they can receive advice and support along with guest speaker visits. There will be a social event in the Arundel area planned with carers and those with dementia. Dates and times for these will vary each month.
No Cost

Contact:  daybreak@ageukwestsussex.org.uk  or 07904 977 251

Bognor Regis

Thursday
Our Café Bognor Regis 12:30pm-3:30pm
North Bersted Church Hall
A group for carers and those living with dementia where activities will be provided as well as providing advice and support to carers
£5 per person per session

Contact:  daybreak@ageukwestsussex.org.uk  or 07904 977 251

Bognor Regis

Friday
Bognor Daybreak 10am-3pm
Bersted Park community centre (freedom leisure)
A programme of stimulating activities, 2 course lunches provided.
£25 Annual Registration £29 per session

Contact:  daybreak@ageukwestsussex.org.uk  or 07904 977 251

Bognor Regis

Holy Cross Church Hall, Bersted, Bognor Regis

Home Respite: No

Cost: £35 per session including lunch

Transport:  No

Frequency and length of care:  Every Tuesday 10:30am – 4:30pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: No

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Be a carer – person cared for must be independent for personal care or need minimal support

How to book: Call 01903 790270 for updates on current services available or email admin@crossroadscare-sc.org

Communities in Mind, covering the Bognor & Chichester areas, is a service for people, including carers, aged 65+ who need a little support with their mental health and wellbeing.  You may have stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health needs or you may just feel low through social isolation.  During the Covid-19 situation, we are offering phone contact,  Zoom group activity sessions and a monthly newsletter.  We are slowly starting to resume 1:1  face-to-face appointments and hope to start some group activities in September.  For more information and an informal chat please call the service manager, Jo, on 07495 077 341.

Adur and Worthing

Time out for Carers is a friendly and welcoming club, providing much needed day respite to carers of people living with dementia. This club supports people living with dementia, whilst their carers have a much-needed break from their caring duties. Club members are invited to engage in fun, physical or mentally stimulating and person-centred activities, tailored to meet the needs and interests of each individual.

Contact: Call the Customer Service Team on 01903 327327 or email enquiry@guildcare.org

Worthing

Home Respite: No – but home  volunteer visits

Cost: £25 per session including lunch

Transport:  Yes

Frequency and length of care:  Every Tuesday and Thursday 9.30- 2.30pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia, Parkinson’s, also available to the elderly and frail

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Be a carer – person cared for must be independent for personal care or need minimal support

How to book:  Call Salvation Army 01903 234497

Time out in Worthing offers a range of outings and community trips, visits to local attractions, strolls along the seafront and pub lunches for loved ones living with dementia to enjoy.

Not currently operational due to Covid-19

Contact: Call the Customer Service Team on 01903 327327 or email enquiry@guildcare.org

The Butterfly Club offers a break for carers of those living with dementia who have greater support needs. Whilst carers recharge their batteries, members enjoy a range of group activities and with a higher staff ratio by skilled and experienced staff, we can support the additional needs of the members who attend this service.

Not currently operational due to Covid-19

Contact: Call the Customer Service Team on 01903 327327 or email enquiry@guildcare.org

Time out Together offers an expanded range of enjoyable social opportunities. This service is designed for carers and loved ones to continue to socialise together in a fun, relaxed environment with support from staff.

Not currently operational due to Covid-19

Contact: Call the Customer Service Team on 01903 327327 or email enquiry@guildcare.org

Adur

Home Respite: Yes

Cost:   Prices on request

Transport:  Yes

Frequency and length of care:  We offer a flexible service with friendly and supportive staff tailored around the needs of the person being cared for.  This can range from group outings to individualised support at home or in the community to suit needs and preferences. Please check out our website for more information https://www.independentlives.org/carers-respite  or contact Catherine Goldsmith for an informal chat on 07825 084756

Specialist care for specific conditions: Staff are trained in dementia specific care practice. We currently follow a Covid-19 Risk Assessment a user friendly guide is available.

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Be a carer – the person being cared for must be able to manage their own personal care needs.

How to book: Contact Catherine Goldsmith, Day Activities, Coordinator at Independent Lives, Email: carersrespite@independentlives.org, Telephone:  07825 084756 / 01903 219482, Website: www.independentlives.org/carers-respite

Horsham District

Horsham and Storrington

Home Respite: No

Cost: £52.50 per person

Transport:  Every Monday  9:30am – 3:30pm

Frequency and length of care:  Every Monday  10am – 3pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia only

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Dementia/Frail

How to book: For a free trial day call 01403 260560

Horsham

Home Respite: No

Cost: £40 per session including lunch

Transport:  No

Frequency and length of care:  Every Wednesday 10am – 4pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: No

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Be a carer – person cared for must be independent for personal care or need minimal support

How to book: Call 01903 790270 for updates on current services available or email admin@crossroadscare-sc.org

Henfield

Hop 50+ West Sussex (Impact Initiatives) is a respite service for carers and support for people living with Dementia in and around Henfield.  Please contact Sue Game on 07464 541463 to discuss current services.

Mid Sussex District

East Grinstead and rural areas  Ashurst Wood, Crawley Down, Copthorne, Worth, Sharpthorne, Turners Hill, West Hoathly

Home Respite: No

Cost: £35 subsidised cost (includes activities, refreshments and lunch)

Transport:  No

Frequency and length of care:  1st & 3rd Saturday of each month (am/pm slots available)

Specialist care for specific conditions: Club specialises in dementia care but is also available to the elderly and frail

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  No personal care/toileting, member must be mobile (can use walking aids etc) and able to use facilities independently.  Services specifically for those who live/attend a GP surgery within West Sussex.

How to book:  Contact Kate Strong on 01342 327046 or email shortbreaks@ageukeastgrinstead.org.uk

Haywards Heath

Wednesday
Haywards Heath Daybreak 10am-3pm
The Yews Community Centre Hayward’s heath
A programme of stimulating activities, 2 course lunches provided.
On the first Wednesday of each month there will be a 2 hour drop in from 10am-12pm available to carers within Mid-Sussex
£25 Annual Registration £29 per session
(No cost for Drop in)

Contact:  daybreak@ageukwestsussex.org.uk  or 07904 977 251

Burgess Hill

Tuesday
Burgess Hill Daybreak 10am-3pm
Age UK Burgess Hill
A programme of stimulating activities, 2 course lunches provided.
£25 Annual Registration £65 per session

Contact:  daybreak@ageukwestsussex.org.uk  or 07904 977 251

Haywards Heath/Balcombe

Home Respite: No

Cost: £36 per session Lunch charged as incurred – subsidised by WSCC

Transport:  Possible

Frequency and length of care: Every Thursday 10am – 4pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Early onset dementia

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Diagnosis before the age of 65 and active as going out club

How to book:  Call 01903 790270 for updates on current services available or email admin@crossroadscare-sc.org

Chichester District

Support for people with memory difficulties and early stages of dementia.

We are currently offering support to both carers and cared for by phone, email and post, and we hope to be re-introducing some face to face support soon.

For more information or to discuss support please contact Kim Bartlett on 07939 582788.

Communities in Mind, covering the Bognor & Chichester areas, is a service for people, including carers, aged 65+ who need a little support with their mental health and wellbeing.  You may have stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health needs or you may just feel low through social isolation.  During the Covid-19 situation, we are offering phone contact,  Zoom group activity sessions and a monthly newsletter.  We are slowly starting to resume 1:1  face-to-face appointments and hope to start some group activities in September.  For more information and an informal chat please call the service manager, Jo, on 07495 077 341.

Crawley Borough

Crawley

Crawley “Cando” at K2 10am-3:30pm
K2 leisure centre Crawley
To support people with early onset dementia providing a programme of stimulating activities, Members bring their own lunch to the club.
£25 Annual Registration £29 per session

Contact:  daybreak@ageukwestsussex.org.uk  or 07904 977 251

Crawley

Wednesdays

Crawley “Cando” at K2 10am-3:30pm
K2 leisure centre Crawley
To support people with early onset dementia providing a programme of stimulating activities, Members bring their own lunch to the club.
£25 Annual Registration £29 per session

Contact:  daybreak@ageukwestsussex.org.uk  or 07904 977 251

Crawley

Thursdays

Crawley Daybreak 10am-3pm
Age UK Crawley
A programme of stimulating activities, 2 course lunches provided.
£25 Annual Registration £29 per session

Contact:  daybreak@ageukwestsussex.org.uk  or 07904 977 251

Carers Health Team

The Carers Health Team is a team of health professionals working with Sussex Community NHS Trust, who will work with any carer over the age of 18 who would like to improve their physical or emotional health.  The Carers Health Team works closely with NHS specialist services, social & caring services and voluntary & community services and will link carers with these services when appropriate.  They can provide information and advice on specific health conditions, managing medicines as well as practical advice on the caring environment (safe lifting and handling, healthy eating, risk minimisation), and are happy to arrange appointments to visit carers in their own home at a time to suit their needs, including outside of Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm hours.  However, the Carers Health Team is not an emergency service.

You don’t need your GP or another organisation to refer you, you can contact them yourself if you’d like to find out more about how they can work with you to improve your health:

South team (covering areas in and around Littlehampton, Storrington, Worthing, Shoreham, Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth, Arundel, Pulborough, Billingshurst and Bognor Regis)

Phone: 01243 623521

North team (covering areas in and around Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex)

Phone: 01403 227000 ext 7613/7686

Other health services can be accessed via your GP practice – for instance did you know that carers are entitled to free flu jabs in their own right; and most GP practices keep a Carers Register, so that they know who are carers and can offer flexibility with appointments to make the caring role easier.