In a nutshell:
Advice to give you peace of mind should you fall ill or have an accident:
- Emergency care plans
- Care sharing
- Traditional emergency precautions
We understand that as a carer you may worry what would happen if you got ill or had an accident which meant you couldn’t continue to care. Whether that be in the short or long term there are some simple steps you can take to give you peace of mind should you find yourself in that situation.
Contact your local carers charity or county council
Many county based carer charities and councils have a carer emergency planning service in place. A good example is the work Crossroads Care are doing by working with carers to build an emergency plan and provide respite when unforeseen emergency illnesses or accidents occur to a carer. You can take a look at the plan here.
Often the person providing care is the sole carer of the person being cared for. We understand that it’s not always possible to share the care with someone else or to always have someone waiting in the wings to take your place should you be unable to continue to care. However, the benefits of keeping someone you trust up to date with the care you are providing really is valuable. Carers UK’s Jointly App is an amazing way to care share and keep your nearest and dearest up to date at the click of a button.
Working across different platforms (online, iOS and Android) and devices, the Jointly App is a central place where carers can store important information about the person they are looking after and share it with other family members who are involved in the care. Jointly combines a number of useful features including:
- Group messaging
- Profile for the person being cared for
- Notes page
- Task allocation
- Medication management
- Contacts page
Carers who used the products said:
“I thought after 19 years of caring I knew everything there was to know. I was pleasantly surprised to find I didn’t.”
“Looking after someone can be so complicated. Jointly helps me stay on top of things and share information easily with everyone involved in my son’s care.”
Should you become ill, the Jointly App will have an up to date record and carer circle so the dependency is not placed solely on you.
Technology not your thing?
There’s nothing wrong with an old school log book, a note pad and pen or a daily diary to keep track of medication, routine and things to know in case of an emergency.
You could also note important people with their contact details and the reason they’re important, for example, you may wish to note the GP details, any specialist medical professionals they see regularly or require as part of their care plan, chemist details for repeat prescriptions and so on.
You could also consider carrying an ICE card (In Case of Emergency) that notes you are a carer, a good tip is to get the person you care for to carry one too, so in any medical emergency, first responders understand your situation. You can buy ICE cards online here.
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