Carer's Emergency Plan

When emergencies happen, our lives are put on hold whilst we deal with the aftermath. For many carers life cannot simply be put on hold, when the person they are looking after relies on them for vital help and support. If a carer is suddenly taken ill, who else will step in?


We advise all carers to create an emergency plan - for you and the person you look after. Having a plan in place can help ease your  worries if you are not able to care for the person you look after at any point in the future. Things to consider include:

  • Details of the name and address and any other contact details of the person you look after
  • Who you and the person you look after would like to be contacted in an emergency – this might include friends, family or professionals.
  • Details of any medication the person you look after is taking.
  • Details of any ongoing treatment they need.

Newham Carers Emergency Card Scheme

The Carers Emergency Card Scheme is FREE and available to all unpaid carers. It is run by the Newham Network and will give you peace of mind that if anything happens to you, the person you care for will be contacted to check that their support needs are being met 

An example of an emergency may include, your admission into hospital or other health needs which preclude you from continuing to provide care; or a family emergency, such as a close relative being taken ill and requiring support, etc. 

On completion of this document, you will be provided with a Carers Emergency Card by Newham Network, which you can carry with you and detail the individuals you would like to be contacted if you are taken ill. 

How does it work?

Carers register with the scheme and provide information about the person they look after (for example, medication) and the names of people who can be contacted in the event of an emergency and who have keys to your home. This information is held by the Newham Network. If they receive a call that you have had an accident, they will take action depending on what has happened to you.

It is important that the individuals you may name as emergency contacts are aware and are also given a copy of this document.    

How can I join the scheme?

To join the scheme you must be registered as a carer in Newham. You can download the registration form below and follow the instruction or talk to one of our team based in Newham or contact our Carers Hub or we will email or post the registration form to you.