Help and advice on planning for a crisis or emergency
There are a number of things you can do to help give you peace of mind in the event of an emergency.
Emergency response and monitoring
There are many types of 'telecare' equipment that can monitor someone around the home e.g. wearable alarm buttons; sensors to detect falls; smoke and flood detectors. When set off these will send a call to a monitoring centre, staffed by trained operators who will answer the alarm call.
Visit our page about telecare to find out more.
Message in a bottle
This is a simple, but effective emergency information scheme. You keep your essential personal and medical details (or those of the person you care for) where they can easily be found in an emergency – the fridge. Paramedics, police, fire-fighters and social care services support the initiative and know to look in the fridge when they see the ‘Message in a Bottle’ stickers. You could also use it to alert the emergency services to the fact that you are a carer and include the details of a family member, friend or organisation to contact.
The bottles are available free of charge from Lions clubs.
Lions Message in a Bottle scheme
Contact: Marple and Romiley Lions Club (Pat Brady)
Phone: 0161 612 0254
Having an emergency plan
Carers UK recommend all carers should create an emergency plan - for you and the person you look after. Having a plan in place can help ease your worries if you are not able to care for the person you look after at any point in the future.
An emergency plan should include details of:
- Name and address and any other contact details of the person you look after
- Who you and the person you look after would like to be contacted in an emergency – this might include friends, family or professionals
- Any medication the person you look after is taking
- Any ongoing treatment they need
You may be able to arrange help and support from family and friends but you may also wish to ask the Council to help you with planning for emergencies.
One way to do this is through an assessment for the person you look after or a carer's assessment for yourself. The assessment is simply an opportunity to talk through your situation; you will be asked about emergencies and offered help to plan for them; but it will also help you find out what support might be available now. There is more information on our webpage about carers' assessments.
More information about carers assessments