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Find out about changes and disruption to adult social care services.

You’re a carer if you regularly look after someone who couldn’t cope without your help. This could be due to:

  • an illness or a medical condition
  • frailty
  • a disability
  • a mental health condition
  • a substance misuse problem

Care for the Carers

Care for the Carers is an independent charity which offers information, advice and support to unpaid carers. It can act as the first point of contact for all carer’s services in East Sussex.

Contact Care for the Carers:

Carer’s assessment

Every carer has the right to a carer’s assessment. This looks at the impact your caring role has on your life.

Find out more about Carer’s assessment.

Carer’s personal budget

The carer’s personal budget is a one-off payment to pay for things like education or leisure activities to meet your eligible needs.

Find out about Carer’s personal budget.

Carer’s allowance

If you spend 35 hours or more per week caring for another person, you may be eligible for a weekly allowance from the government.

Find out about Carer’s allowance.

Carers card

The East Sussex carers card is designed to be carried with you to identify you as a carer in an emergency. It also:

  • allows you to set up an emergency respite plan (CRESS plan) with East Sussex County Council
  • gives you savings and discounts at retail and leisure venues

You don’t need to have a carer’s assessment to get a carers card.

Attend training and healthcare appointments

Funding is available for replacement care if you need to attend a training course or healthcare appointment.

Free training courses

Unpaid carers can attend free training courses.

Carers leaflets

Do you look after someone? leaflet

Do you look after someone? – Large Print

Do you look after someone? – Easy Read