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 Australian Government publishes a sample 'Emergency Care Plan' as part of the Carer Information Pack.
You can get free print copies from your Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre.
You can contact them on 1800 052 222.
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.
The Emergency Care Plan 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.
You can get free cards from your Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre.
You can contact them on 1800 052 222
Keep your card up to date and carry it with you at all times.
You should also include the details of your emergency contacts if you carry a Medic-Alert card or wear a Medic-Alert bracelet or necklace.
Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.