Emergency planning

When you care for somebody who depends on you, putting your life on hold while you deal with sudden illness, accidents, family troubles or emergencies may not be an option. Having a plan in place can ease worry and stress when unforeseen events do occur.

Emergency care plans

An Emergency Care Plan is a document that provides instructions and guidance to allow someone else to step in and provide the care which you would normally provide. An Emergency Care Plan can give you reassurance that if anything should happen to you, the person you care for will still receive the support they need.

The Carer Gateway website has an Emergency Care Plan template developed specifically for carers that you can use, along with other tips about how to prepare for emergencies, including video resources.

Create your plan

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.

  • Think about the best people to stand in for your caring responsibilities and ask if they are prepared to act as emergency contacts.
  • It is important that your emergency contacts accept the level of commitment they are taking on and that they understand and are comfortable with the types of tasks they might need to perform. 
  • Fill in the plan. It includes health information about the person you care for, their medications, the care they need, and a list of the regular support services they receive. There is also room to record the expectations you have for the person who steps into the caring role.
  • Give a copy of your plan to each of your emergency contacts. Go through it with them and make sure they understand what is required.
  • Keep the original in a safe but visible place. 
  • Update your plan every year or sooner if there are significant changes to your caring situation.

Let people know you are a carer

The Carer Gateway Emergency Care Plan template includes a Carer Emergency Card. A Carer Emergency Card can be placed in your wallet and will help notify others that you are a carer and that somebody else depends upon you for their wellbeing. The Carer Emergency Card contains the contact details of people who can help in an emergency.

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