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.

Are you a family or friend caring for someone of any age who was diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65?

Do you want to enjoy a weekend break with your loved one?

Then you may be interested in joining Crossroads Care for a Dementia-Friendly Short Break.

This will be taking place on the weekend of 19th and 20th October 2019.  Details on what you can expect and eligibility can be found by downloading the leaflet here.

Please note, the short break is now fully booked, however, please contact Crossroads if you would like to be added to their waiting list.

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.

Throughout the year we plan and organise days out and events designed to give carers some ‘Time Out’ from their regular routines.  Time to themselves they can relax, meet new people or try a new activity.

Here are some examples of the ways carers have enjoyed some ‘Time Out’ with us at some of our events:

  • Relaxation and Pamper Events

  • Lunches and Afternoon Teas

  • Wellbeing Walks

  • Retreat Days

  • Visits to Places of Interest

  • Garden Parties

  • Places of Worship Tour

  • Laughter Yoga

Short Break Provision

Below you will find a list of the respite and short break providers near you and details of the services they provide.

Some of these organisations provide free trials and all encourage you to book an appointment to have a look around so that you feel reassured and happy with the services provided.   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 4 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 to register and arrange a visit 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 to register and arrange a visit  or email admin@crossroadscare-sc.org

Centre Club, Worthing 27 Stone Lane, BN13 2BA

Home Respite: No

Cost: Tuesdays – £17 per day (subsidised) inc activities, outings, lunch. Thursdays – full cost £50 per day inc activities, outings, lunch. Alz Café – free includes speaker & refreshments

Transport:  No

Frequency and length of care:

Centre Club

Tuesdays   9.30 – 4pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: For people with young onset Dementia

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Diagnosis of dementia prior to age 65

How to book:

Call 01903 262666 or email worthing@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

Adur and Worthing

Worthing

Home Respite: No

Cost: £6 for lunch and £27 for a day at Time Out for Carers

Transport:  Accessible transport is available £6 return

Frequency and length of care: 6 hours per day. Service operates five days a week including weekends

Specialist care for specific conditions: Staff are trained in dementia specific care practice

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  The Service provides a range of group activities in a building based setting for people with dementia while giving their carers a break

How to book:  Call Customer Services on 01903 327327  https://www.guildcare.org/forms/general-enquiry  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

Worthing and Adur

Home Respite: No

Cost:  £43.50 per day including door to door transport and lunch

Transport:  Yes – included in the cost of the service

Frequency and length of care: 7 hours per day. Service operates twice a week

Specialist care for specific conditions: Staff are trained in dementia specific care practice

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  People accessing the outing must be able to manage their own personal care needs with minimal support and be able to access a minibus via steps or tail-lift

How to book:  Call Customer Services on 01903 327327  https://www.guildcare.org/forms/general-enquiry  Email enquiry@guildcare.org

Worthing and Adur

Home Respite: No

Cost:  £6 for lunch and £52 for a day at The Butterfly Club

Transport:  Accessible transport is available £6 return

Frequency and length of care: 6.5 hours per day. The service operates twice a week

Specialist care for specific conditions: Staff are trained in dementia specific care practice

Criteria to Qualify for respite care: The Service is based at Bradbury Wellbeing Centre and provides a range of group activities for people with dementia with greater needs, while giving their carers a break

How to book:  Call Customer Services on 01903 327327  https://www.guildcare.org/forms/general-enquiry   Email enquiry@guildcare.org

Worthing and Adur

Home Respite: No

Cost:  £6 per person for lunch (£10 on Sundays)

Transport:  Yes – Accessible transport available (£7 per couple)

Frequency and length of care: Monthly and quarterly events – afternoons, evenings and weekends

Specialist care for specific conditions: Staff are trained in dementia specific care practice

Criteria to Qualify for respite care: The Service provides opportunities for carers and the person they care for to socialise together, in a safe environment with support from staff

How to book: Call Customer Services on 01903 327327  https://www.guildcare.org/forms/general-enquiry  Email enquiry@guildcare.org

Adur

Home Respite: No

Cost:  £32.50 per person

Transport:  Yes

Frequency and length of care: Day trips on Mondays and Tuesdays, Thursdays afternoons in Shoreham, and all day Fridays in Lancing

Specialist care for specific conditions: Staff are trained in dementia specific care practice

Criteria to Qualify for respite care: For people living with dementia

How to book: Contact Catherine Goldsmith, Day Activities, Coordinator at Independent Lives, Email: carersrespite@independentlives.org, Telephone: 01903 2192482 / 07825 084756, 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: £29 per session including lunch –  subsidised by WSCC

Transport:  No

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

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia Only

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 to register and arrange a visit

Henfield Haven

Home Respite: No

Cost: £57.50

Transport:  Yes £5 return within Henfield, £10 return elsewhere

Frequency and length of care:  Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  9:30am – 3:30pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  The person attending must have a diagnosis of dementia

How to book: Call 01273 494747 or email thehaven@impact-initiatives.org.uk

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: £30 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 to register and arrange a visit

Chichester District

Midhurst & North Chichester District

Support to access local group activities eg Adult colouring group at the library; Petworth Community Garden; plus a quarterly outing to a local place of interest.

Home Respite: No

Cost: Contributions for refreshments and charges for activities/events

Transport: Yes where activity is not local to Midhurst

Frequency and length of care: Weekly activity group and quarterly outing. Length of session will vary by activity

Specialist care for specific conditions: No

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Service for cared for person or the carer and the cared for person together.  Must be registered with Coastal West Sussex Mind

How to book:  Call 07474 871899 or email pathfinder.midhurst@coastalwestsussexmind.org

Midhurst & North Chichester District

Home Respite: No

Cost: Free

Transport: No, but options can be discussed

Frequency and length of care: Every Tuesday 10.30am – 12pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: No

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  For people with cognitive impairment or mental health needs.  Must be registered with Coastal West Sussex Mind

How to book:  Call 07474 871899 or email pathfinder.midhurst@coastalwestsussexmind.org

Midhurst & North Chichester District

Home Respite: No

Cost: Free

Transport: No

Frequency and length of care: Every Wednesday 1.30 – 3.30pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: No

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Participants need to be able to manage independently or come with their carer

How to book:  Call 07474 871899 or email pathfinder.midhurst@coastalwestsussexmind.org

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

Rest and Relaxation

We have set up arrangements with some local complementary therapists across West Sussex, to offer one free relaxation therapy appointment per carer with one of the therapists on our list.  Therapies currently available include:

  • Massage

  • Reflexology

  • Reiki

  • Beauty Treatments

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Aromatherapy

  • Polarity therapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Spiritual Healing

  • And many more…

If you’d like to try a free taster session, contact us to ask for a voucher and list of therapists taking part.  Therapists are available across the county so you’re sure to find one in your area (although not all therapists offer all therapies, so depending on what you choose, you may need to travel a bit).  And if you like it and want to carry on, the therapist can give you details of the cost of future sessions.  If the cost is an issue, you might want to apply to our Carer Wellbeing Fund, to apply for a grant towards the cost of the therapies.

Contact us to find out about relaxation therapy vouchers

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.