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Relaxation and Respite

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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.

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

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.  The full list of services can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking on the purple box – Time Out from Caring: Short Break Provision Countywide.

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.

Countywide

Home Respite: Yes

Cost: Free

Transport:  N/A

Frequency and length of care:  Up to 6 visits. Up to 2 hours per visit (flexible)

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 01444 452434 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 and Alz Café 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

Tues and Thurs                  9.30 – 4pm

Alz Café

Bi-monthly Friday              6.30-8.30pm

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

Arun: Arundel and surrounding area or further if people can travel

Home Respite: No

Cost: Contributions for refreshments and charges for some activities/ events.

Transport: No

Frequency and length of care:  2 hours last Mon  monthly 10am to 12noon (not Bank Hols), plus social event each month

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia, memory loss or confusion

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Carer of someone with dementia, memory loss or confusion.  Carer attends too to meet other carers for support/ social/ information

How to book:  Call Mind Living Well Services, Arun on 07495 077341

Bognor and surrounding area or further if people can travel

Home Respite: No

Cost: Currently, £65 per month (whether 4 or 5 Saturdays).

Transport: No

Frequency and length of care:  Every Saturday 10am-3.30pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia, memory loss or confusion

Criteria to Qualify for respite care: Carer for someone with conditions specified.  Person with dementia must be able to go to toilet on own.

How to book:  Call Mind Living Well Services, Arun on 07495 077341

Bognor, North Bersted and surrounding area or further if people can travel

Home Respite: No

Cost: £3.50 per person, per session.

Transport: No

Frequency and length of care:  3 ½ hours per week.  Every Thursday (50 weeks of the year)  12pm – 3.30pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia, memory loss or confusion

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Carer for someone with conditions specified.  Carer attends with cared-for to meet other carers.

How to book:  Call Mind Living Well Services, Arun on 07495 077341

Bognor Regis

Home Respite: No

Cost: £29 per session including lunch -subsidised by WSCC

Transport: Yes

Frequency and length of care:  Every Tuesday 11.30am – 4.30pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia only

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Be a carer and the person you care for needs to be independent for personal care or need minimal support

How to book:  Call 01903 790270 to register and arrange a visit

Rustington

Home Respite: No

Cost: £25 annual membership. £35 per session attended

Transport: Yes – £5 for a return journey

Frequency and length of care: 1st & 3rd Saturday monthly.  10.30am – 4.30pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia only

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

How to book:  Call 07904 977251 or email martha.pusey@ageukwestsussex.org.uk

Adur and Worthing

Adur

Home Respite: No – but home  volunteer visits

Cost: Free

Transport:  N/A

Frequency and length of care:  Up to 6 weeks, up to 2 hours per visit (flexible)

Specialist care for specific conditions: No

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Cared for must live alone and had overnight stay in hospital

How to book:  Call 01903 334977 for email homefromhospital@guildcare.org

Adur

Home Respite: No

Cost: £30 per day

Transport:  Yes transport included

Frequency and length of care:  Monday and Tuesdays (Respite for one day only) Check time with provider

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia, memory loss and confusion. Must be mobile to get on and off transport for trips out

Criteria to Qualify for respite care: Carer for someone with conditions specified.  Person with dementia must be able to go to the toilet independently

How to book: Call 01903 334977 or through website: www.guildcare.org

Worthing

Home Respite: No

Cost: £65 each day

Transport:  Yes

Frequency and length of care:  Wednesdays 9am – 3.30pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia, Memory loss and confusion.  Must be mobile to get on/off transport

Criteria to Qualify for respite care: Carer for someone with conditions specified.  Person with dementia must be able to go to toilet on own

How to book:  Call 01903 334977 or through website: www.guildcare.org

Worthing

Home Respite: No – but home  volunteer visits

Cost: Free

Transport:  N/A

Frequency and length of care: Up to 6 weeks, up to 2 hours per visit (flexible)

Specialist care for specific conditions: No

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Cared for has to live alone and had an overnight stay in hospital

How to book:  Call 01903 334977 or email homefromhospital@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: £26 each day

Transport:  Yes

Frequency and length of care:  One day a week 9.30am – 3pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia, Memory loss and confusion

Criteria to Qualify for respite care: Carer for someone with conditions specified.  Person with dementia must be able to go to toilet on own.

How to book:  Call 01903 334977 or through website www.guildcare.org

Worthing and Adur

Home Respite: No

Cost:  £55 each day  [Bathing and medication assistance provided]

Transport:  Yes

Frequency and length of care:  Tuesdays 10.30am – 5.30pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Day centre for those with additional needs with their dementia

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Carer for someone with conditions specified.  Person with dementia must be able to go to toilet on own.

How to book:  Call 01903 334977 or through website www.guildcare.org

Worthing and Adur

Home Respite: No

Cost:  Free social evening with supper/entertainment

Transport:  Yes – £10 a couple

Frequency and length of care: One evening a month

Specialist care for specific conditions: No

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Carer – does not have to live with the person but attend together  

How to book:  Call 01903 334977 or through website www.guildcare.org

Worthing and Adur

Home Respite: No

Cost:  Costs for activities, lunch costs, entertainment and events

Transport:  Yes – £5.20 return

Frequency and length of care: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Specialist care for specific conditions: No

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  Over 55’s person attending must be able to manage their own toilet needs and money

How to book:  Call 01903 334977 or through website www.guildcare.org

Horsham District

Horsham and Storrington

Home Respite: No

Cost: £45

Transport:  Every Monday  10am – 3pm

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

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia only

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

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

Mid Sussex District

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

Home Respite: No

Cost: £30 subsidised cost (includes activities, refreshments and lunch)

Transport:  Yes, at an extra cost

Frequency and length of care:  1st & 3rd Saturday of each month as well as the last Monday of each month.  Afternoon only

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 dementia@ageukeastgrinstead.org.uk

Haywards Heath

Home Respite: No

Cost: £25 annual membership.  £42.50 per session attended

Transport: Yes – £5 for a return journey

Frequency and length of care:

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia only

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  A diagnosis of dementia and a Criteria Assessment completed over the phone

How to book:  Call 07904 977251 or email martha.pusey@ageukwestsussex.org.uk

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

Home Respite: No

Cost: £10 per hour for cared for or per couple carer/cared for. Activities extra. Carer & cared for can join for free  with own transport/refreshments

Transport:  Yes

Frequency and length of care:  Up to 3 hours on Monday morning (occasionally other days depending on the day trips)

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 midhurstmhhub@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 midhurstmhhub@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 midhurstmhhub@coastalwestsussexmind.org

Crawley Borough

Crawley

Home Respite: No

Cost: £25 annual membership.  £37.50 per session attended

Transport:  Yes – extra cost, £5 for a return journey

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

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia Only

Criteria to Qualify for respite care:  A diagnosis of dementia and a Criteria Assessment completed over the phone

How to book: Call: 07904 977251 or email  martha.pusey@ageukwestsussex.org.uk

Crawley

Home Respite: No

Cost: £17

Transport:  No

Frequency and length of care: Every Wednesday 10am -3.30pm

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia Only

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

How to book: Call: 07904 977251 or email  martha.pusey@ageukwestsussex.org.uk

Crawley

Home Respite: No

Cost: £17

Transport:  No

Frequency and length of care: 2nd and 4th Friday of the month (9:30am – 3-30pm)

Specialist care for specific conditions: Dementia Only

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

How to book: Call: 01403 213017 or email sussex.helpline@alzheimers.org.uk

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.

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