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.
Having a plan in place can help ease your worries should you suddenly become unavailable.
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
I’m going into hospital. How can I ensure the person I care for will be looked after?
Carers UK have useful advice about how to create a contingency plan. Some of the carers organisations and charities can also help you create a contingency plan.
What services can I access if an emergency means I cannot support the person I care for?
As a carer you need to know that if an emergency happens, replacement care will get sorted out speedily and efficiently. Carers UK – Planning for Emergencies gives some helpful advice about:
- Creating an emergency plan
- Involving others in the plan
- How technology can help
- Emergency 'carer card' schemes
There are also some local schemes that you may find of use:
- The Lions Club’s Message in a Bottle Scheme enables Carers to store medical information and personal details in the home of their cared for person to save the emergency services time if they need to enter the property in an emergency. Carers can request a Message in a Bottle directly from the Lions Club tel: 0121 441 4544.
- My Wishes provides the opportunity for Carers and their cared for person to record and share their future health and social care preferences in case there becomes a time when they are unable to communicate this themselves.
If you find yourself in an emergency situation contact the Carers Hub or Staffordshire Cares who will talk you through the options available to you.
What can I do to prepare for the end of my own life?
There is detailed information about writing a will and setting up a power of attorney on the Carers Rights and Legal Assistance page.
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