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Planning for changes and emergencies

As a carer there may be times when you are unable to support the person that you care for. It can help to have a plan for what will happen at those times.

Top tips

Be prepared

Having a plan in place can help ease your worries should you suddenly become unavailable.  The Council funds Staffordshire Together for Carers to help carers to create a contingency plan.   

Communicate your plan with family, friends and, if appropriate, the person that you care for.

Write your plan down and leave it where it will be found in an emergency. This should include:

  • Details of the name and address and any other contact details of the person you look after
  • Who you, and the person you look after would like to be contacted in an emergency (this can include friends, family, or professionals)
  • Details of any medication the person you look after is taking
  • Details of any ongoing treatment or care that they need

Let your GP know that you are a carer

GP practices keep a register of their carers. This may give you access to:

  • Flu vaccinations
  • Adaptable appointments
  • Joint appointments
  • Access to social prescribers who can direct you to appropriate community help related to your physical and mental health


Commonly asked questions

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Further help 

If you would rather talk to someone about this please either:

  • If you would like a carers assessment contact our Staffordshire Cares team.
  • If you do not want a carers assessment but do want to discuss contingency planning, contact the Staffordshire Together for Carers Service on 0300 303 0621

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