Caring emergencies

Caring can be rewarding but it can also be tiring, placing physical and emotional demands on a carer. 

Carer emergency support can be put in place if you are taken ill or involved in an accident or incident and there is no-one else within your support network that could help.

The Carer's Emergency card

The Carer's Emergency card is a small credit card sized card that lets people know in an emergency that the person you care for relies on you. The card will list your emergency contact details and those of Adult Social Care, if needed. The card should be carried with you at all times. This provides reassurance that, in an emergency, there are backup plans in place for the person you care for so they won’t be left without support.

You can ask for a pack without having to go through a registration process. The pack is free and includes:

  • 2 emergency cards, one for you and one for the person you care for 
  • 2 nomination forms for your chosen emergency contacts

You can request a pack from SIGNAL 4 Carers.

There is no charge for up to 48 hours or 72 hours over a bank holiday weekend. If the emergency continues for longer, then a practitioner may have a conversation regarding the ongoing needs of the person being cared for and these may be financially assessed.