One of the biggest worries for Carers is what will happen if something happens to them or for any reason they are unable to care.
Although we are cannot stop emergencies or situations that prevent someone from caring happening, there are some things that can be put in place to help ensure that there is help or people are aware of the situation to help put support in place.
Things to think about:
An Emergency Plan:
Having an emergency plan in place can be helpful in highlighting what steps need to be taken if you are unable to care.
The emergency plan helps you to think about:
- Who could be an emergency contact (please ensure that you ask the person first)
- How you support the person you care for and what their needs are including any medication they need to take
- How long are you able to leave the person
- Do you already have someone that could help out in an emergency?
- What support may be able to be put in place to help you
Having a plan has given many carers some reassurance about what steps can be taken in an emergency.
Once you have a plan, you may wish to share this with the people you have identified as the emergency contacts, family and friends so that they are also aware of what to do or who to contact.
To help you create an emergency plan, we have a template plan that you can download or contact us and we can send you a copy.
Download a copy of the Emergency Plan here
You could also send a copy of your completed plan to us if you wish to and we can hold a copy just in case.
If you have any questions or would like some guidance in completing an emergency plan –please get in touch with us 0n 0300 777 2722.
Carers Emergency Card
We have a card that carers can carry with them in a purse or wallet, that should there be a situation where they are unable let people know that they are a carer, this will help.
You can add some emergency telephone numbers to this card that people could contact on your behalf.
Putting ‘ICE’ in your mobile phone Many of us have mobile phones now and the South Central Ambulance service advise that we all add an ‘ICE’ number into our phone. ICE stands for In Case of Emergency and the emergency services will now check people’s phone to see if they have entered an ICE contact into their. Your ICE contact is someone that you have asked and nominated to be a contact for you in emergency situations (please check with the person first so that they agree to this!) Some mobile and smart phones already have an ICE setting that you can add a name and number to.
Message in a Bottle
The Message in a Bottle scheme is an initiative from the Buckinghamshire Lions. This is a plastic bottle that contains important health information that maybe need by the emergency services or if someone is being taken to hospital.
The bottle is kept in the fridge at home.
If you would like a Message in Bottle – please get in touch with us and we can send you one.
Telecare is something else to consider, such as an alarm system which can be really helpful in ensuring that there is an alert for help for either yourself or the person that you care for.
For more information visit our Telecare page.
Carers Bucks has access to an Emergency Fund. We can use this fund towards help for carers in situations where they are unable to carry out their caring role. For example a carer who had broken their leg and was finding it difficult to care for their wife, we were able to use the fund to get some additional support in to help during this time, whilst longer term support was being looked at.
If you are struggling or something has happened, if we are aware of this we may be able to help!