Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
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When you are responsible for caring for another person, you may worry about what would happen to them if for some reason you were unable to continue looking after them - for example if you were unwell, had an accident, or experienced a crisis in your life.
Many local authorities operate a Carers' Emergency Card scheme. This scheme puts backup care plans in place so that you can be reassured that alternative arrangements are available in an emergency.
To get a Carers' Emergency Card, you will first have to complete a carer's assessment.
When you register with the emergency card scheme, you will be asked about the usual daily routine of the person you care for, the support you provide, and the contact details of two people who can step into your shoes if needed. If necessary, care funded by the council can be provided for up to 48 hours by agreed emergency care providers. All this information forms part of an emergency care plan to make sure the needs of the person you usually look after are met in your absence.
Once the emergency care plan is set up, you'll be given a credit card-sized card to keep in your wallet or purse. It will have your name, a reference number and a 24-hour emergency phone number for you to call if you need to put the emergency plan into action. All you need to do is call the emergency phone number and the arrangements will be taken care of.
If you are looking after someone then you may find it particularly helpful to use the I.C.E. system on your mobile phone; add the word 'I.C.E.' before names of anyone you would want to be contacted in any emergency in your phone's contacts directory. In the event of you suddenly being taken unwell the person who finds you can search under 'I' on your phone and quickly call your named emergency contacts. This system is widely recognised by staff working for the emergency services.
Learn more about Kensington & Chelsea's Carer Emergency Card scheme by requesting a carer's assessment from the council or by calling the Social Services Line on tel 020 020 7361 3013.
Kensington and Chelsea have produced a leaflet explaining the Carer's Emergency Card scheme.
Westminster have produced a leaflet explaining the Carer's Emergency Card scheme
Hammersmith and Fulham have produced a leaflet explaining the Carer's Emergency Card scheme