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Making a plan

If you are having to self-isolate or are required to work longer hours and cannot provide care in the same way as before, read our advice on creating a contingency plan. Here, we explain how many different sources of support can be used to bolster your plan.

For example, you can: ensure key information is made readily available for professionals; draw on networks of community and family support; and explore what technology can be used to support someone you look after when you can't be in the same place at the same time. 

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“I am trying to provide daily video contact instead of the twice per week extended visits that I usually do."

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Where to start?

Also check how the person being cared for feels about any decisions you need to make. Their welfare is of course paramount and they should be part of any decision made.

It may be of some reassurance to know that councils/trusts have been advised to develop care and support plans to prioritise people who are at the highest risk. They have also been asked to contact all registered providers in their local area to make necessary plans.

You could check with the local authority – or health and social care trust in Northern Ireland – of those you care for to see whether they have an Emergency Plan in place. You can find their contact details here: or use our support where you live directory. The local authority should also publish this plan on their website.

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Being prepared

If you're concerned about someone you know being discharged from hospital earlier than expected, take a look at our tailored guidance on 'coming out of hospital'. Whether you need to take on caring responsibilities for the first time or need to resume your role as their carer, this will provide some tips on what to expect to help you feel more prepared.

It is a good idea to let your GP or medical professional know that you are a carer. See our guidelines on how you could go about this on our Let your GP know page.

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