As a popular retirement area, Sussex has many older residents living at home, alone or in residential and nursing homes. The population of Sussex is older than the national average and is expected to grow further as time goes by. In fact, East Sussex has the highest percentage of people over the age of 85 in any county in England. This is our “where to start” guide to elderly care services in the county.
NHS Elderly Care Services In Sussex
Clinical commissioning groups (also known as CCGs) oversee and organise GP practices in Sussex. These are NHS organisations responsible for planning health services to meet the needs of local people. You can find your local clinical commissioning group here.
NHS Choices is the official website of the National Health Service in England. On this website you will find articles, tips and videos to help you make informed medical choices about elderly care. It also has a useful post code search engine, making it simple for you to find and compare health services in Sussex.
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of NHS community care in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. Providing a comprehensive range of care, including medical, nursing and therapeutic services, they help over 8,000 people a day. East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides the same vital service throughout East Sussex.
Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust provides specialist care and treatment for those with mental health problems or learning disabilities, whose needs may not be fully met by other service providers.
Council Adult Social Care Services
If you think your relative might need help at home, or residential care, you can request a care needs assessment from your local council. Taking an assessment, which is free of charge, will help you to identify the support you need based on your individual circumstances.
You can easily book an assessment using your local council’s website:
- East Sussex County Council – Adult Social Care
- West Sussex County Council – Adult Social Care Assessment
- Brighton & Hove City Council – Social Care
The Choosing Care directory is a useful resource, providing you with up to date information about Sussex’s local social care services. You can search by postcode to find elderly care options near you with detailed service information, including CQC ratings.
Care Choices, who run the directory, also have a designated guide to social care in East Sussex. You can read it online, download a PDF or request a paper copy by post.
Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of all health and care services in England, including hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries. They monitor services, register providers and protect service users. When choosing care providers, you can view any service’s ratings and inspection reports on the CQC website for an independent quality evaluation.
Caring for a relative with dementia or memory loss can be particularly distressing for families, so being informed about available support is invaluable.
Alzheimer’s Society, the UK’s leading dementia charity, has a handy online directory of dementia services throughout the UK. You can enter your post code to find public, independent and voluntary services in Sussex that suit your personal needs.
Support for dementia is also available through your local council and social services: