Planning for the unexpected

Being a carer means you are always juggling situations, often at the same time, that may be work, family and caring. It is important to have a plan in case something goes wrong.

Template for a plan

We have developed a template to help you think about and record a plan, just in case something unexpected happens in your day. 

‘The plan’ helps you to think through some of the things you may need to consider if you are unable to undertake your caring role. We have also put together some ‘Tips’ when planning for the unexpected.

Talking to your family and friends, and including support from them in an emergency is key.  They have knowledge of the person you care for and importantly a personal relationship and a level of trust and understanding to help the person you care for. 

The Emergency Carers Support Service is provided by Oxfordshire County Council as part of their urgent care provision. This should contribute to your emergency planning rather than being the only option.

Where to keep your plan

Another important tip is to keep your plan where people know where to find it. The Message in a Bottle system works really well and these are available from your outreach worker or adviser or you can contact us and we will send you one. Alternatively ask at your local pharmacy as they too often have them in stock.

Top tips when planning for the unexpected

Carer emergency

  • Complete a carer crisis plan
  • Carry a message in a wallet informing others you are a carer in an emergency
  • Ensure plan is kept in a place where family and professionals can find it easily. e.g. Message in a bottle
  • Ensure conversation with family and friends has taken place to ensure success of support.
  • If your cared for needs medication given by a care worker the medication will need to be in a Pharmacy Filled box

Cared for crisis

  • Complete a carer crisis plan
  • Plan for support for other members of the family if you need to be elsewhere
  • Share plan with family and friends who are a part of your support system
  • If you are in work or study negotiate a system to be flexible with your working/studying work pattern

Download our top tips for coping in an emergency (pdf format, 350Kb)