LETTER: Information and advice about care

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This October we’re holding our first West Sussex Care Month.

The aim is to help our residents to access information and advice about care and support available in the county and help people stay independent for longer.

We all know it is easy to put off thinking about planning for our care but I hope people will take advantage of the month and find out more about planning for the future.

Look out for lots of information about care on the County Council’s website, social media sites, at events around the county, in libraries, interviews on local radio, and in local publications.

Find out about:

Carewise, the County Council’s care funding advice scheme to help residents plan their finances for later life

information, advice and services available through the West Sussex Connect to Support website

support and help available to unpaid carers

how to become a Shared Lives Carer and help those in the community with dementia by providing respite care

a career in care.

Alongside buying a home, paying for care is one of the biggest expenses in our lives.

We hope West Sussex Care Month will encourage people to start to think about care for later life. Even if you don’t need the information immediately for yourself or a loved one it is good to know where to turn when you do.

You can find out more information on our website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/caremonth

Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health

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