LETTER: Support for unpaid carers

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There are many people across our communities who are looking after someone.

Caring can involve various tasks such as cooking or physical care, personal care like washing and dressing, managing medication, emotional support and more.

But for some people who are doing some of these things for a spouse, relative or friend they may not think of themselves as a carer.

There are an estimated 89,000 unpaid carers in West Sussex. Approximately a third of carers aged 65 to 74 are providing 50 or more hours of unpaid care weekly.

That is why I want to encourage residents who are looking after a relative, friend or neighbour to step forward and contact Carers Support West Sussex. You may be entitled to support.

If you’re looking after someone who couldn’t manage without your help, contact Carers Support West Sussex by calling 0300 028 8888 or visit the website www.carerssupport.org.uk

I hope you do get in touch with Carers Support West Sussex.

Even if you don’t want to contact them now how about keeping the contact details handy for if you do in the future.

PETER CATCHPOLE

(Con, Holbrook) West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, County hall, Chichester

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