Often people in a caring role do not recognise themselves as carers particularly if they are looking after somebody close to them, such as a family member or friend. But if you provide unpaid support to someone who is ill, frail, or disabled, including those with a mental health or substance misuse problem, then you are a carer.
Caring for someone is an important and invaluable role which can involve long hours and may be both physically and mentally demanding. There are many services available to help you, no matter what your age or circumstances.
If you are caring for someone, you may need additional help, information and advice so that you can carry out your caring role and look after your own health and wellbeing too. Many people don't see themselves as 'carers' but caring is a demanding job and we hope that we can help link you and the many different services that can support you in this role.
If you are a carer please download and complete our carers registration form (also available at the reception desk). The surgery has a noticeboard dedicated to providing information to carers.
Carers Support Services in Horsham Crawley and Mid Sussex is a local charity offering a free service providing confidential information on services available to carers, a quarterly newsletter and support groups to support individual needs. Find out more at www.carerssupport.org.uk
Alzheimer’s Society provides a range of services for people with, and affected by, dementia and their carers. Visit www.alzheimers.org.uk for more info.
PATCHED offers support and services for carers of people with substance misuse problems. Call 0800 085 4450 for advice.