Emergency planning for unpaid carers
Does someone depend on you? What will happen to the person that you look after if you become ill or can’t get home to them? We know that this is a huge worry for many unpaid carers, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
It is only natural to worry about the person that you care for, but thinking through an emergency plan, writing it down and sharing it with others can help reduce some of the stress. It can also support you to have vital conversations with family, friends and trusted neighbours about the role they could play in an emergency.
An emergency plan sets out what people need to know to best support the person you care for, for a short, unplanned period and who your emergency contacts are. So if you ever need to use your plan, you can be reassured that the person you care for will be looked after as you and they would want.
If the person you support has a care manager or case holder, ask them about a Carers Emergency Plan. If not, you can find out more about the emergency plan from Angus Carers Centre, by calling 01241 439157 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Angus Carers Centre and Angus Health and Social Care Partnership have developed a template to help carers put a plan together, which you can access here.
Carers Emergency Card
Carers tell us they often worry what would happen to the person they care for if they are in an accident or suddenly taken ill at home. The credit card sized Carers Emergency Card is a way of letting people know that someone relies on you.
If you share your Carers Emergency Plan with Angus Health and Social Care Partnership, you can benefit from this free service. There is a 24-hour emergency helpline so if you are unable to do so, the Community Alarm Service can get in touch with your emergency contacts on your behalf or take appropriate action.
To find out more about the Carers Emergency Card call 01307 464943 or 01307 462670.