West Sussex carers to have health check-ups at home

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Carers living in West Sussex will now have access to a new service to help them improve their own health.

The Sussex Community NHS Trust’s Carers Health Team will visit carers in their own home and check on their general state of health and wellbeing.

Wilma Thomas, Carers Health Team manager at the Trust, said: “Many carers report a decline in health since becoming a carer and some might not even have time to visit their GP for a check-up.

“Our new service means we can support carers in their own home and give them practical advice and support about everything from safe moving and handling techniques to managing medication and eating healthily.

“Long-term we hope that this support will also benefit the person being cared for.”

There are an estimated 84,000 unpaid carers based in West Sussex - which save the county around £1 billion per year, according to the latest figures.

Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health, said looking after carers’ needs is a ‘key priority’ for the county council.

He said: “Carers perform a vital role so looking after the needs of carers is a key priority for the county council with the growing needs of an ageing population.

“We know that carers do this because they love their nearest and dearest, and we want to ensure that we provide as much help and support to them in their responsibilities to help and support them in their vital role.

“In West Sussex the most recent figures estimate there are 84,000 unpaid carers, saving West Sussex an estimated £1 billion a year.”

This new service, available to all carers aged over 18 across West Sussex, is staffed by trained health professionals who work closely with other NHS specialist services and ensure health screening and where appropriate access to NHS health checks are available for all.

For more information, visit the Carers Health Team {http://www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/services/servicedetails.htm?directoryID=22403 |page|Sussex Community NHS}.