Making an emergency plan gives you and the person you care for the reassurance that there will be somebody to step in when they are needed and that they will have instructions to guide them.
The Australian government publishes a sample 'Emergency Care Plan' as part of the Carer Information Pack.
When you register as a carer to receive respite through your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre, you can be assisted to complete an Emergency Care Plan which can be kept on electronic file for use in an emergency by staff.
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:
Your Carer Emergency Card is designed to let people know that somebody depends upon you for their wellbeing and to give the contact details of people who can help in an emergency.
You can get free cards from your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre. 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.