email, or via the website:

You can also apply for a Carers Card if you live in or care for someone who lives in East Sussex. 

It has three functions:-

  1. Identifies the holder as an unpaid carer
  2. It offers an emergency care plan CRESS (Carers Respite Emergency Support Service) which the holder, if they wish can set up and it provides short-term support, if they were to become ill or had an accident
  3. It offers discounts from various local businesses.

Carer’s assessments


If you’re looking after someone who couldn’t manage without your help, you have a right to have your own needs assessed, even if the person you are looking after has had an assessment of their own or doesn’t want one.


The assessment will look at the care you provide and how this affects your life. It will consider the things you want to achieve in your own day-to-day life, such as work, training, social activities and wellbeing. It must also consider other important issues including whether you are able or willing to carry on caring, and it will inform you about what services and support are available to you.


Carers can complete an online assessment form or contact Adult Social Care. Care for the Carers can support you if you would like help with completing the assessment form.

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