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You may be worried about what will happen to the person you care for if you are involved in an accident or crisis that prevents you continuing in your caring role. The Central Bedfordshire Carer’s Emergency Card enables you to record what you would like to happen in case of an emergency. The small card can easily be stored in your purse or wallet. If an emergency arises, the card will alert people that you are a carer and will know who to contact to make sure the cared for person is safe.
What would happen to the person you care for in an emergency or if you had an accident? Carers carry a card that shows their name, a unique identification number, and an emergency phone number. If a carer has an accident, has an emergency, or is taken seriously ill, this Carers Emergency Card can be used to alert a 24-hour emergency call centre to inform them that the person they care for needs help. Steps are then taken to ensure the safety of the person they care for. This card also opens up a variety of discounts for the card holder and can be used for:
- Days out
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- Retail and eating
- and more
This year, carers across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding. So during Carers Week, Carers Leeds are coming together to help Make Caring Visible and Valued. There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. They are looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring’s impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work can be significant, and carers are facing even more difficult circumstances this year. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough. Carers Leeds feel it is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need. Carers Leeds we have listened to Carers and one of the things they have asked for is a Carers Emergency card. As part of celebrating Carers week they are promoting their new Carers Emergency Card which allows you to register with Carers Leeds and receive the card or request a card if you are already registered with us.
Carers can often worry about what would happen in an emergency, if they had to go into hospital or are called away to care for another family member in crisis. A good way to do this is to draft your own Emergency Plan. A Carer's Emergency Plan(CEP) is a document containing vital information about what the carer does for the person they look after. The plan should ensure that vital help and support for the cared for person continues to be provided. If carers face an emergency they need to know that replacement care will get sorted out speedily and efficiently. For many, this may simply involve contacting a family member, friend or neighbour who is willing to cover in an emergency If the person you care for has a Care and Support Plan, or if you have your own Carers Support Plan these should include a contingency. Speak to your Social Worker, Assessment and Review officer or the Carers Centre for more information. As well as having your own Carer's Emergency Plan you can also request a Carer's Emergency Card. This is a credit card sized card that you can carry in your purse or wallet. It will identify you as a carer and holds a number to be contacted on your behalf in case of emergency. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough. Carers Leeds feel it is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need. Carers Leeds we have listened to Carers and one of the things they have asked for is a Carers Emergency card. As part of celebrating Carers week they are promoting their new Carers Emergency Card which allows you to register with Carers Leeds and receive the card or request a card if you are already registered with us.
The Carer’s Emergency Card Scheme provides peace of mind that in the event of an emergency, the person you care for will receive help and support whilst you're not there. The scheme helps you develop a plan for what might happen if you had an emergency and were unable to carry out your normal caring responsibilities. The Carer’s Emergency Card is recognised by local health and emergency services, so if you aren’t able to call a friend of family member, your emergency plan will be activated.
If you are aged 18 or over and are responsible for caring for someone who lives with you, it is important to consider what would happen if you are caught up in an emergency and unable to carry out your care duties. You can do this by creating an emergency cover plan so you know the person you care for would be kept safe if a situation occurs. You should also carry a carer’s emergency contact card.
Carers UK give expert advice, information and support to carers in order to make their life better.Carers UK are available to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don't have to care alone. They have an expert telephone advice and support service for if you want to talk about caring. And if you're looking for answers, they have online information and support. Carers UK continually campaign for carers rights, alongside having online support groups and volunteering opportunities.
Need help, but don't know where to start? If you live in the Bristol and South Gloucester area you are not alone and can receive support locally. CarersLine is confidential and you can call with any questions or concerns that you have, to do with your caring role. They are available to listen to your concerns and can help with:
- Breaks from caring and other ways of looking after yourself
- Information about benefits and debt and where carers can go to get specialist help
- Juggling work and care
- Where to start in getting help at home
- Support for carers in health settings
- Aids and adaptations
- Transport and travel issues
- Guidance with form filling and where to go for further help
- Managing other people’s affairs
- Other free services
During a health journey, everyone wants to know what’s going on, and how they can help. Public social media isn’t always the right place to share medical details, and it’s too hard to keep up with individual emails, texts and calls. CaringBridge offers a safe, secure place for patients and caregivers to provide health updates, and for family and friends to respond with messages of emotional support and prayers. • Free, with no ads • Each site has 3 privacy settings • Connect to GoFundMe for personal fundraising • CaringBridge is a global 501(c)3 nonprofit; founded in 1997
Change4Life provides parents with the essential support and aids they need in order to make healthier choices for their families. We know that day to day life can make us busier, less active, and more reliant on convenience and fast food than we used to be. That is why Change4Life helps families with fun suggestions to help families stay healthy, whether by providing easy recipes for busy weeknights, ideas of great sugar swaps, games to get kids moving or help in understanding food labels.
Chemist Direct is the UK's largest online pharmacy for over-the-counter medication, specialist skincare products, everyday essentials toiletries and vitamins and supplements. Chemist Direct have an in-house pharmacy team who are experienced GPhC registered pharmacists, who can support customers with choosing the right medication and treatment. Medicine is delivered straight to your door in discreet packaging or you can choose to click and collect. Deals and discounts are available all year round.
The Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity for people in their last years and their much loved, much needed companion animals. A network of 8,000 volunteers “hold hands” with owners to provide vital loving care for their pets. A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face a spell in hospital – volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited.
Citizens Advice provide people with free good quality, informative advice so they can have the knowledge and confidence to move forward in their situation. They believe that no one should have to face their problems alone, whoever you are and whatever your problem. No one else sees so many people with so many different kinds of problems, and that gives Citizens Advice a unique insight into the challenges people are facing today.
The CLEAR Dementia Care © App provides information about dementia and support for carers including: Different types, the brain, symptoms, behaviours and loss.To understand behaviour it can be helpful to look for patterns. The App includes a function to help record and chart behaviour. The App also contains illustrations and case examples to help us to understand the perspective of the person with dementia.