Welcome to the winter edition of Caring4Sussex. Our cover story for this issue has a rather sombre note – but as we head into the festive season we felt it was one that shouldn’t simply be brushed behind the Christmas tree. There’s a chronic shortage of carers in our county, and we’re joining West Sussex County Council on its mission to recruit another 8,840 carers by 2024. In East Sussex, 13,700 people receive care at home – and this number is only going to rise.
A career in care is not the bad rap it’s often made out to be. Yes, it can be hard work – but the hours are flexible and the rates are good; there’s paid training; petrol expenses and time between jobs are covered; and best of all, a carer can make a real difference to someone else’s life.
My own mum is in a care home in a different county, and I know that if we’d been able to find someone to come in for a few hours a day, the decision to remove her from her own home would have been delayed much longer. The situation becomes much more painful at this time of year.
On a more cheerful note, you may notice I’ve added a Letters page, so do have a read about what your neighbours across the county are thinking. We’d love to hear your views too – so please email them in or write to us in the traditional way, to Caring4Sussex, 19 Ruskin Road, Worthing, BN14 8DY
I hope you enjoy the rest of our editorial and I’d like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year – and if you can, do spare a thought, or even better, a couple of hours, for anyone you know that might really cherish it.
Debbie Mason, Editor