Making an emergency plan gives you and the person you care for the reassurance that there will be somebody to step in when they are needed and that they will have instructions to guide them.
The Australian Government publishes a sample ‘Emergency Care Plan‘ as part of the Carer Information Pack. Contact Us to find out more.
Your Emergency Care Plan lists contact details of the people who have agreed to give emergency support to the person you care for. It also includes instructions on the type of care they may need to provide.
To begin with, have a think about the best people to stand in for your caring responsibilities and ask them if they are prepared to act as emergency contacts. It is important that they understand the level of commitment they are taking on and that they fully accept, and are comfortable with, the types of tasks they might need to perform.
Your full plan should include health information about the person you care for, their medications, the care they need, and a list of regular support services used. Give a copy of your plan to each of your emergency contacts and keep the original in a safe but visible place.