At Daybreak we believe that with the best care and support, people can live well with dementia and in older age. Age UK West Sussex aims to help people maintain their skills and independence in a social and friendly environment, while allowing carers a relaxing break. We offer a range of respite services: our weekly Daybreak Services run in Littlehampton, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Crawley and Bognor from Monday to Friday throughout the year.
Age UK West Sussex runs carer-focused respite service.
We provide the opportunity for carers of people with dementia and carers of frail older people to take some time for themselves, knowing the people they care for are in a safe, stimulating environment.
How does the service work?
Both the carer and person who is cared for become register with Age UK West Sussex and the Daybreak Service once a referral and subsequent assessment have been made.
A referral can be made by family, friends, social services, GPs, nurses or other carers.
The assessment takes place at your chosen centre and involves a series of questions which enable us and you to ensure Daybreak is the ideal choice for the carer and person who is cared for. There is a two-hour free trial and assessment which you stay with your loved one - meaning that you can be perfectly sure Daybreak is right for you both.
What do our days at Daybreak involve?
For those who are frail or have dementia, our social days involve group activities, cognitive stimulation games a delicious lunch and all refreshments. Carers may be comfortable in the knowledge that those who are usually in their care, spend the day in trusted hands.
For carers, there is a relaxing space at the centre where carers may gather together, chat and share experiences. If carers would like to take part in their own activities as a group, we welcome suggestions for ways to tailor the days to suit you.
Our weekly Daybreak services run from 10am to 3pm at the following locations:
LITTLEHAMPTON - Littlehampton Wave, Sea Road, BN16 2NA
BURGESS HILL - Age UK Burgess Hill, St Alban's Hall, Fairfield Road, RH15 8QB
HAYWARDS HEATH - The Yews, 55 Boltro Road, RH16 1BJ
CRAWLEY - Age UK Crawley, 1 Town Barn Road, West Green, RH11 7XG
FridaysBOGNOR REGIS - Bersted Park Community centre, Lakeland Avenue, PO21 5FF
Other weekly sessions:
Wednesdays from 10am to 3.30pm
K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, RH11 9BQ
A group to support active people with early onset dementia providing a programme of stimulating activities.
Thursdays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Holy Cross Church Hall (next to the pink pub),
Chichester Road, North Bersted, PO21 5AU
Group support in a relaxed environment for carers and cared-for with dementia,
where activities are provided as well as offering advice and support to carers.
Arundel Carers' Drop-in
Last Monday of each month from 10am to 12pm
Arundel Library, Surrey Street, BN18 9DT
A 2-hour drop-in for people with memory loss or dementia
together with their family and friends. Coping tips, information
and support, optional activities and guest speakers in a
relaxed environment. (Social event by arrangement).
Mid-Sussex Carers' Drop-in
First Wednesday of each month from 10am to 12pm
The Yews, 55 Boltro Rd, Haywards Heath, RH16 1BJ
A 2-hour drop-in for carers of those with memory
loss or dementia, to run in parallel with the Daybreak session.
What do I do now?
Anyone who wishes to discuss membership of Daybreak is welcome to contact Charlie Rayner on 07904 977251 / 01903 792015 or email Daybreak@ageukwestsussex.org.uk.