Planning for Emergencies
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Carers often worry about what would happen to the person(s) they support if they were unable to continue providing care for any reason. Having an emergency plan is important if something happens to you. Although you may be able to contact someone who is willing to cover in an emergency, we know that this isn’t always possible. Having a plan in place can stop an emergency turning into a crisis, and can give peace of mind for you and those who you care for.
Carers New Zealand has created a suite of emergency planning tools to help you in an emergency.
The tools include:
- Emergency Care Plan
- Important Papers Checklist
- Medications Care Plan
- Emergency Carer ID Card
Download the pack and fill out the information fields. This will make it easier for other people to step in for you. If possible, discuss the ‘what ifs’ with the person you support, so they have input into arrangements that would affect them if you were suddenly unable to provide support.
You can also place a copy in your home, or your loved one’s home in a place where someone can easily find it. Share the completed tools with anyone who needs to know about your wishes, and the support needs of your friend or family member (if they can’t easily communicate these themselves).
Keep this information in an easily located place. Talk about the plan with the person(s) you care for, if possible, and with family and friends whom you would like to nominate as emergency contacts. Let people know where they can find it and make sure that the information is regularly updated.
These tools are also useful for anyone self-managing health or disability support needs.