Creating an emergency plan

We advise all Carers to create an emergency plan – for you and the person you look after. Having a plan in place can help ease your worries if you are not able to care for the person you look after at any point in the future.

In order to create an emergency plan that fits your needs, you will need to consider:

  • Details of the name and address and any other contact details of the person you look after.
  • Who you and the person you look after would like to be contacted in an emergency – this might include friends, family or professionals.
  • Details of any medication the person you look after is taking.
  • Details of any ongoing treatment they need.
  • Requesting an Emergency Card from Credu. The Credu would send you the relevant form in this regard.

Involving others in the plan

You may be able to arrange help and support from family and friends but it can be reassuring to have the involvement of your local council/trust in case informal arrangements fall through.

One way to do this is through an assessment for the person you look after or a Carer’s Assessment for yourself. See our webpage on assessments for the person you look after and Carer’s Assessments for further information.

Every Carer who has an assessment should be asked about emergencies and offered help to plan for them. In addition, people who provide care for people with mental health problems under the care programme approach should have a written care plan which includes contingency planning.