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Support for carers: Your future

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

If you are an informal carer and are worried about how to care for someone during coronavirus (COVID-19), there is information, advice and support available to help you.

For more information see Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information, advice and support for informal carers.

 

Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Your health and wellbeing
  3. Financial support
  4. Your career
  5. Your future
  6. Support groups
  7. Support services

Your future

Create an emergency plan

You should create an emergency plan for yourself and those you look after.

Having a plan in place for personal emergencies gives you peace of mind for you, the person you're caring for and other family or friends.

Having a plan means the person you're caring for will be involved in planning arrangements, so everyone knows what to do, and there is an agreement about what to do in an emergency e.g. who can be contacted.

What to include in your emergency plan

Some of the things you should include in your emergency plan are:

  • details of the person you look after
  • who you and the person you look after would like to be contacted in an emergency - this could be friends, family or professionals
  • details of any medication the person you look after is taking and where it is stored
  • information about any ongoing treatments they need
  • details of any allergies
  • details of their GP and pharmacy

For more information about creating an emergency plan, see Carers UK: Planning for emergencies.

If you're unavailable to care for the person you look after

The Carers' Emergency Support Service can provide replacement care if you are unavailable for a short amount of time.

Find out more:

Carers' Emergency Support Service

Getting legal information online

If you want to plan for the future for yourself and the person you care for, get information about making a wills and lasting power of attorney online.

Getting the information online means you will not get any expensive legal fees.

  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005
    A law that covers people in England and Wales who can't make some or all decisions for themselves. It covers anyone over the age of 16 and sets out who can make decisions in which situations, and how they should go about it. For further information visit Mind.
  • Lasting power of attorney (LPA)
    A legal tool where you can appoint someone to make certain decisions on their behalf, if they can't make a decision for themselves. 
  • Appointee for someone claiming benefits
    You can apply for the right to deal with someone's benefits if they can't manage them on their own because they're mentally incapable or severely disabled.
  • Make a will
    It is important you make a will as a will lets you decide what happens to your money and possessions after your death.

Where you can get help

Next page: Support groups

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