Helping you stay independent


East Sussex

The Joint Community Rehabilitation Service (JCR) can offer reablement and rehabilitation support if you meet certain criteria. JCR looks at all home care reablement referrals for East Sussex and, depending on need, decides whether you are seen by JCR or by approved contracted private reablement home care providers. Referrals are made via your health professional or Health and Social Care Connect, which can be contacted by telephone on 0345 60 80 191.

Brighton & Hove

There are two residential care homes and a nursing home specialising in rehabilitation. During your stay, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists work with you to help you become medically fitter and regain physical mobility and strength. To arrange an assessment to see if you’re eligible for this service, contact Access Point on 01273 295555.

Other kinds of support to help you remain independent

Making the best of your networks

East Sussex

You can find out if there is a Good Neighbour Scheme in your local area by looking at East Sussex 1Space, visit

Brighton & Hove

Visit for information about the scheme in Brighton & Hove. You may also wish to visit which is an easy to use online directory listing many local and national organisations and services, including good neighbour and befriending schemes in your area. If you’re looking specifically for community activities, you may wish to look at It’s Local Actually where you can find free or low-cost activities in your area.

Day opportunities

East Sussex

ChoicES is East Sussex County Council’s supported employment service. There are several projects delivered by the voluntary sector to support employment.

Tel: 01273 336655

Brighton & Hove

You can contact the Supported Employment team:

Tel: 01273 295961

East Sussex

There is information and support available to help people identify these community based services at Alternatively, go to and search for Mental Health Directory of Community Support’. You can also call Health and Social Care Connect on 0345 60 80 191.

Brighton & Hove

To find low-cost or free community based activites in Brighton & Hove, visit

Falls Prevention

East Sussex

The OTAGO falls exercise programme is a free 16-week exercise programme held at local leisure centres, designed to help improve strength, balance and confidence. This programme is for people who are worried about falling, or have fallen no more than twice in the past year. You can be referred to the programme by your GP. More information is available from Zest People, on 01903 660073 or at

The Joint Community Rehabilitation Service can offer free assessments and support to reduce the risk of falling if you meet certain criteria. You can be referred to the service by any healthcare professional, including your GP, social worker or district nurse.

Brighton & Hove

There is a wide range of physical activity practitioners and groups that can help with balance and strength. Examples include: Zumba, health walks, Pilates, yoga and chair-based exercise. To find out more, look at the ‘activity finder’ on

Alternatively, for services that can provide information and advice about preventing falls, see or call Possability People on 01273 894040.

Age UK Brighton & Hove
Provides falls prevention advice and can offer assistance through the Horizons service.


Osteoporosis and Falls Prevention Service
For adults living locally who are at risk of falls. If you wish to discuss whether a referral is appropriate, please contact the service.

Tel: 01273 265574

Standing Tall Community Class
People that have not fallen but may benefit from attending a balance class can be referred directly to this service.

Tel: 07856 407541

Support in your own home

East Sussex

East Sussex County Council works with providers of home care (companies they use are regularly reviewed and supported to meet the Council’s criteria for quality of service). These can be found on East Sussex 1Space at Adult Social Care also has a couple of factsheets: ‘Help with being independent around the home’ and ‘Financial assessment for care at home’ which may be useful.

Brighton & Hove

For information on the preferred provider scheme in Brighton & Hove, phone the Social Care Contracts Unit on 01273 296207.

Home care services in Brighton & Hove are available for adults (anyone over 18) who need care or support to remain living at home. The service is provided by home care workers who may be employed by Brighton & Hove Adult Social Care or by an independent organisation. For more information and advice, visit If you’re unable find the information you need, contact the Adult Social Care Access Point on 01273 295555.

Equipment and adaptations

If you live in East Sussex, you may also like to find out if there is an occupational therapy clinic near you. The clinics will conduct an occupational therapy assessment and can help provide equipment and small adaptations around your home quickly. The clinics will also be able to offer you advice on getting a carers assessment. Please contact your local Adult Social Care department to find out more.

You may also want to get advice from East Sussex Disability Association (01323 514500).

For more information about the DFG and how to apply visit:

East Sussex Health and Social Care Connect
Tel: 0345 60 80 191

Brighton & Hove Housing Adaptations Service
You should contact the Housing Adaptations Service for more information.

Tel: 01273 292443

Housing-Related Support

Adult Social Care works with district and borough councils, health services and the probation service. Housing-Related-Support (previously known as The Supporting People Programme) helps people move from homelessness and rough sleeping to independent living by providing supported accommodation and help to develop the skills needed to manage a tenancy.

Services are provided to people over 16 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and those who have mental health needs. Services can be accessed by referrals from a range of support agencies such as St Mungo’s Street Outreach Service, Housing Options at Brighton & Hove City Council and Sussex Partnership Trust.

East Sussex

Call Health and Social Care Connect on 0345 60 80 191 for more information.

Brighton & Hove

Get more information by calling the Adult Social Care Access Point on 01273 295555, or by visiting

Support with Confidence

East Sussex

Support with Confidence is an Adult Social Care accreditation scheme run in partnership with Trading Standards. It can help you find a wide range of care and support services that you can trust, from people and organisations that have been checked and approved in terms of quality, safety and staff training.

In East Sussex, providers who can apply to register with the scheme include:

  • personal assistants;
  • registered home care providers;
  • independent financial advisers;
  • legal advice services;
  • day services;
  • cleaning services;
  • prepared meals or cooking services;
  • supported housing;
  • suppliers of home adaptations and equipment;
  • handyperson, home maintenance and gardening services;
  • pet services;
  • therapeutic support;
  • community services; and
  • transport providers.

As well as checking on quality standards, the application process includes appropriate background checks, taking up references, and making sure the provider is complying with the law. If approved, their details will appear in the Support with Confidence directory.

To find a service, visit or phone the Support With Confidence team on 01323 463440. [/box]

Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove Council can help you to find a personal assistant through the Support with Confidence register of approved personal assistants.

A personal assistant who has completed Support with Confidence training will have undergone various checks and will have completed the necessary courses required to receive the accreditation. These include:

  • enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check;
  • Trading Standards checks;
  • two reference checks;
  • ‘Being a Great Personal Assistant’, a course delivered by Possability People and
  • training modules that all care workers undertake before they start working, delivered by Halifax Care.

For a list of individual personal assistants, rates of hourly pay and availability, visit

For more information, contact the Support with Confidence team:
Tel: 01273 292494

East Sussex 1Space
East Sussex 1Space is an online directory of care, support and wellbeing services and groups available in the county offering solutions from personal care, day activities and getting odd jobs done, to local support groups and information and advice.

East Sussex 1Space helps you, your family, friends or someone you care for to find what you need to help you stay healthy, safe and connected to your community. Visit

My Life Brighton & Hove
The My Life website is an easy to use, online directory listing local Brighton & Hove and national organisations and services to support everyday living. Visit


To find out more about the range of telecare equipment and services available, or to arrange a home assessment, contact:

East Sussex

Welbeing (previously known as Wealden and Eastbourne Lifeline) provides telecare across East Sussex to adults who are eligible. Contact Health and Social Care Connect, details below.

Brighton & Hove

CareLink Plus
Tel: 0300 123 3301
Text: 07908 823134

Contact East Sussex Health and Social Care Connect on 0345 60 80 191 or Brighton & Hove Adult Social Care Access Point on 01273 295555 for more information.

There are also a number of independent providers who offer telecare which you can buy yourself. Providers of telecare services can be found by using the Telecare Services Association, visit

Some providers are specific to East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, others are national organisations who also operate in this area.