What is the Carers Card?
Care for the Carers is delighted to offer the Carers Card. Funded by East Sussex County Council and the NHS, this new multi-use card builds on existing services: the Carers Emergency Alert Card, CRESS and the Carers Discount Card. If you already have any of these cards – don’t worry, you can continue to use your existing card
- Carry the card in your wallet to notify emergency services that you are a carer.
- Notify the emergency services that you have a backup care plan through the Carers Respite Emergency Support Scheme (CRESS)
- Get savings, discounts and special offers at retail and leisure venues across East Sussex – Find directory below.
All three services have now come together to form the Carers Card, so that you no longer have to carry more than one card. You can access the card and set up a CRESS backup plan through Care for the Carers.
You can find a directory of the businesses taking part in this scheme here: Carers Card Directory – March 2017 Participating businesses may display a Carers Card sticker in their window.
If you are an unpaid carer, live within East Sussex, and would like to receive your Carers Card or you would like to make a suggestion of businesses that you feel would be beneficial on the directory, please call 01323 738390
What is CRESS?
Many carers worry about what would happen to them if, for example, they became ill or were involved in an accident. By registering for a CRESS card, you can get peace of mind by ensuring that alternative short-term care can be provided.
As part of your Carers Assessment, you can record a contingency plan. Ideally you will identify three people and/or care providers who will be able to step into your caring role in an emergency, who will be contacted to confirm they are happy to be nominated.
If there are no emergency contacts, or your contacts are unable to respond, Adult Social Care will arrange alternative care.
To read more about CRESS, please download our CRESS Information Sheet or visit the East Sussex County Council website.
If you want to apply for a discount card (with or without CRESS) – you can apply online here.
PLEASE NOTE: This card is only available to unpaid carers living in East Sussex. If you live in any other county – please contact your county’s Carers Centre, who will be able to advise you regarding similar schemes in your area.
Print and send
You can also download a copy of the CRESS form, which you can fill in and post it in, or drop it off to us at:
Care for the Carers,
Highlight House, St. Leonards Road,
If you are a business and you would like to offer carers a discount please fill out our online registration form here.