Many carers worry about what would happen to the person they care for if they were to have an accident themselves or were suddenly taken ill and as a result, were temporarily unable to carry out their caring role.
It’s a good idea for all carers to have an Carer Emergency Plan
What is a crisis or emergency?
A crisis or emergency is something that could not be planned for, which means you cannot carry out your caring role.
Carer Emergency Card
Our Carers Emergency Card is designed to be kept with you at all times, for example, in a purse, bag, wallet, phone case or on a key ring. The card has details of the person who needs to be contacted if a crisis or emergency has occurred and you cannot provide care.
The Emergency Card is a dual purpose card, alongside our Carer Access Card which offers carers a wealth of discounts throughout the town. More info on the businesses included in the scheme can be found in our business directory.
Who should be my emergency contact?
Anyone who is willing to be contacted in an emergency and will provide short term care while you are unable to do so. This is usually a family member or friend. It is important that the person has agreed for their contact details to be shared and are aware of your emergency plan.
You can have a Hartlepool Carers Emergency Card even if you:
Carer Emergency Plan
To ensure the plan is best utilised:
Step 1: Complete the Carer Emergency Plan
Step 2: Carry your Carer Emergency Card
Step 3: Inform your GP that you are a carer
Step 4: Give a copy of the plan to a trusted person (this could be somebody listed as an emergency contact)
Step 5: Keep the plan updated, keep it secure and tell people you trust where it is located.
Hartlepool Carers are assisting directly and linking people with other organisations when more appropriate, to ensure every carer gets the support they require.