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Emergency card - Exeter - Carers UK Forum

Emergency card - Exeter

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Special card offers carers reassurance that help is at hand

CARERS can be reassured that help is at hand in an emergency by carrying around a special card that tells others someone in need is home alone.
The carers' emergency card is carried by the carer so emergency services can be alerted to someone in need in case of an accident.
June Marshall, from Exeter Carers' Focus, said: "The big question for many carers is: 'What happens if I'm not there?' We're very good at not thinking about it or assuming that something will turn up.
"If we gradually become less able to care, we might slowly make changes or hand a few tasks over to paid help or another family member but it's different when the change is sudden, such as an accident or fall."
She added that carers often knew which neighbours or family could step in, but in an emergency there were few ways to let them know they were needed. The same problem occurred if children needed to be picked up from school and looked after.
She added: "If the carer has collapsed in a public toilet, someone needs to know that the person they care for may be sitting in the car round the corner. I used to care for someone who didn't live with me, so she'd be waiting for me to return with her pension or to make my regular call to find out what she needed â€â€
Hi Rosemary

I carry a card like the one you are talking about supplied by my local council.
I understood that all council's had to supply them.
I found out about it in our local paper about a year ago.
Posted on here and i think charles's said it was a directive from the government that all council's should do it i stand corrected if wrong.
John
We have them in our borough too John.Its not about having them though,its about carers being informed they are there.We still have so many isolated carers so if anything like this comes through I still post it.

Hope you,Pat and all the family are well??

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It wasn't a directive John but strongly advised! A lot of councils do have something but most are of the type that give names and addresses on the card, which I'm not comfortable with. A few councils run schemes which have a unique reference number on the card and a phone number to contact so that all necessary action can be taken. In Leicester, it's done through the careline scheme but only for those using careline. We're trying to widen their horizons a little!
There is a long list of emergency schemes in the UK on our website:
http://www.carersuk.org/Getinvolved/Spo ... chemesList

If you know of any that are not listed let me know and I can add them.

Thanks

Christine
Wiltshire has a scheme, Christine (see http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/macie/getne ... tm?id=2157). I still haven't got my application in though, because I have not had anyone we could call on in an emergency - I am trying out an agency I have not previously used, so will put them down if they are OK.
Hi Rosemary

I carry a card like the one you are talking about supplied by my local council.
I understood that all council's had to supply them.
I found out about it in our local paper about a year ago.
Posted on here and i think charles's said it was a directive from the government that all council's should do it i stand corrected if wrong.
John

Yep i got one as well Image
I have had an email from a carer in Exeter who I met whilst posting the CW petition details round the internet.

The newspaper who ran the original article of this thread have stepped up their campaign.

http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/wecaremanifesto.html can add your name in support

Middle of the page in the link below is 9 seperate links to click on to tell you more about this

http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/wecare

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sounds interesting may look inyo itxx Image
Thanks for this info Rosemary! I had no idea there even was such a scheme. Every time that I have to go out and leave Jill, which she hates, I worry about having an accident and not being able to get home or notify anyone that she is on her own. I shall contact Exeter Carers' link tomorrow.

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Pete x