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NOW TAKING PLACE…Here on Matter, we’re now running a week-long event, and we hope you’ll get involved by sharing your own tips and advice! The theme is emergency planning. Whether it’s around managing things when you move away from home, or having some plans in place for when you’re unwell, working, at college, or involved in social activities, it’s really useful to think ahead and have some ideas about how to manage everything, when you’re not able to provide the care you usually provide.
Here's a really good video about how carers emergency card schemes work and some ideas about what to do if your local carers centre does not have such a scheme in place. It's something that a former colleague worked on a while ago before we became Carers Trust. The video is a little old but it makes some great points and is worth a watch
What do you think?
Planning for emergencies - recording important stuff
Does the person you care for have essential medicines they need to take regularly? Or do they have health conditions or allergies that it’s important for others to be aware of? Maybe there are key people in their life who might need to be contacted in an emergency?
Lists – we all love a good list, but they can serve a great purpose if we’re ever unexpectedly delayed or taken ill, and someone depends on our support. Some suggestions for recording the essential stuff:
Medication, appointments and treatment
If you’re responsible for paying the bills online or keeping an eye on the budget, is somebody else able to access the bank account if you suddenly weren’t there to deal with all this?
You can give someone third party access to an account to manage daily finances. Have a look, for example, at the information from Lloyds and Barclays, and more generally from Carers Trust and the Money Advice Service.
Debit cards and PIN numbers – as with other passwords, if you need a note to remind you…don’t store the two together, please! Emergency planning - Computers, phones, accounts, passwords….
Do you worry about would happen to the person you care for if you were suddenly unable to help?
Then you might want to get a carers emergency card.
What would you do if you needed time off work at short notice?
When you're caring for someone, things aren't always predictable. There may be times when the person you care for's condition gets worse and they need more help or that hospital appointment they've been waiting for suddenly comes through. It's important to recognise that things like this will happen from time to time and you might need support from your workplace (or college) to enable you to take the time off that you need.
So emergency planning themed event coming up on Matter next week!
Emergencies happen often in my house. If its not my dad falling and hurting himself its my mum having a emotional breakdown. I find it so important to have a pre-made plan for when these things happen but also I think that intervention is key!
I have a plan for whenever I leave the house longer than 1 hour. this plan I feel prevents emergencies from happening. I have a separate one for if an emergency happens which I will post about soon.
My plan when I leave the house is to:
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