The Carer Card has been developed to reward and recognise all the hard work you do as a Carer. On the reverse side is the Emergency Card. Many carers worry about what would happen if something unexpectedly stopped them from looking after the person they care for if, for example, they were involved in an accident or became ill. This side of the card would alert others to the fact that you are an unpaid carer. It provides space for you to fill in details of two emergency contacts, who can support the person you care for.
If you are incapacitated or involved in an emergency, the two contacts on the card can be called. They may be a friend, neighbour or relative. You may want to discuss this with them beforehand.
You need to know that in this situation, alternative care arrangements can be put in place quickly and efficiently; the Carers Centre has a service designed to help you with this. This is something that can quickly be put in place and will help ensure the person you care for is looked after, if you are unable to provide care yourself:
The Emergency Planning Form (Word document) enables you to provide details picture of the person you care for:
- physical care needs
- their preferences and what is important to them
- contact details of key people involved in their care, such as their GP or social worker
Once the plan is completed keep this with your cared-for person’s Single Record if they have one, or keep a copy somewhere prominent e.g by the phone or on the fridge, or with their medication. There is a useful guide to read when planning for an emergency. Download the Carer’s Guide to Planning for an Emergency here
We can also offer support if you would like some help completing the emergency plan. Phone on 0114 278 8942 or use our Contact Us page. Please click here for information about the Carer Card and how to get one
The Sheffield Mencap & Gateway ‘Sharing Caring Project’: works with older carers of people with learning disabilities. They have produced an Emergency Plan template, that you can download here (Word format)
Hospital passport: for people with learning disabilities helps to clearly outline their personal details and can be downloaded here in Word format.
The Sense website: has a helpful page ‘When I’m Gone’
This explains 75% of disabled people and their families have no long term support plan. Families need help to plan for the future. Sense has put together a package to help you make decisions about the future. In their toolkit ‘Decisions to make, steps to take’ they take families through the process of making choices you need to.