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Emergency Planning for Carers


Will you #BeTheChange for carers


Supporting carers to plan for emergency care prevents an emergency becoming a crisis.
Emergency care planning supports the carer to identify informal networks of support who can step into their caring role when they are unavailable thus preventing costly, and potentially unsuitable, emergency care.

Emergency care planning with carers is a preventative process which benefits the carer, cared-for person and the local authority; carers who do not have informal networks of support can be identified through the emergency care planning process which supports the local authority to plan for potential resources and costs

The Scottish Parliament recognised that this support is essential to carers when they passed the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 to ensure that:
  • carers are asked about the plans they have in place for emergencies as part of the adult carer support plan and young carer statement process;
  • carers will have access to information and advice about emergency and future care planning through their local carers service
  • local carer strategies set out plans for helping carers put arrangements in place for the provision of care to cared-for persons in emergencies.
Why we need you to #BeTheChange:

D. is a 47 year old man with a learning disability. He lived with his mother who was his main carer while receiving 8 hours support per week from ENABLE Scotland. When D’s elderly mother was hospitalised without any emergency plan for D’s care, he was placed in a care home which specialises in elderly, dementia, physical disability and sensory impairment. His mother died in hospital. There was no future planning. He has remained in this inappropriate placement since 2013. He wishes to move back into his community. A retrospective Community Care Assessment and capacity assessments in respect of Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 are ongoing.
An emergency plan could have identified informal interim care arrangements and prevented this crisis placement when his mother was hospitalised. Future planning would have highlighted the potential for crisis and provided a platform for the relevant professionals to work with the family to assess D., explore future care options and his legal and financial position should his mother pass away.

“The key thing was to provide continuity and security for Vanessa – keeping the people she knew around her even though I wasn’t going to be there.
When I had another accident a few weeks ago, where I collapsed at home in the wee small hours, the emergency services were able to look at my plan and contact the right people to make sure Vanessa was looked after when I had to go to hospital.
Within an hour of phoning the services, I was in Hospital safe in the knowledge there was someone Vanessa knew caring for her when I couldn't.
I’m on the mend now, but I shudder to think what might have happened if I didn't have the plan in place."

Jeanette Kelly

How can you #BeTheChange?

9. Embed an effective emergency planning pathway for all carers; including processes which ensure council record the existence and location of emergency plans, and referral points where an absence of emergency plan is identified.
10. Ensure the Council utilises ENABLE Scotland’s Picking Up the Pieces Training for frontline staff, and Emergency Planning Resources

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