Why do you need an emergency plan?
When you are caring for someone who could not cope without your care, it can be frightening to think ‘what if…’.
What if you are ill or there is an emergency, and you are not able to carry out some or all of your caring responsibilities? It is important for your own piece of mind, and the safety of the person you care for, to have a plan in place for these situations. If you have a carer’s assessment, this is something that will be discussed, and support can be given to create a plan.
Details about the person you care for that you will need to help create a plan:
- name, address and contact details
- names and contact details of anyone who needs to be contacted in an emergency (friends, family, or professionals)
- medication details (dose/frequency/etc and where it is stored)
- ongoing treatment details
- details of any allergies
- their GP and pharmacy details
- care and support services they receive
- any continence products they need and who supplies them
- any mobility challenges and aids (e.g. wheelchair or hoist)
- anything behavioural that replacement carer(s) need to know
It may be that family and friends could step in to help in an emergency, if not alternative care would need to be arranged. Either way, the information you have collated (above) will be vital to enable them to provide consistent care.
Portsmouth Carers Card
As part of your emergency planning, you can be issued with a Portsmouth Carers Card. In an emergency it may not always be possible for you to tell the emergency services that you are a carer. A Portsmouth Carers Card will alert the emergency services that there is someone who depends on your care. It is best to keep this card on you at all times.