Emergency Planning - Waltham Forest

Being prepared for an unplanned event is always a good idea. If you look after a friend or family member having a back-up plan is important if something should happen to you which means you are unable to provide the care you would do normally. 

We advise all carers to create a “What if..” plan which is a really useful document where you put all the information about your caring role in one place. Should you be unable to care for whatever reason, it’s clear exactly what needs to be done if somebody else needs to take over. 

Use your “What if..” plan to help in case of an emergency or unplanned event, such as a sudden illness or accident or travel disruption, for example car/bus broken down. 

Thinking ahead and creating a “What if..” plan or reviewing an existing plan can ease anxiety and give you a sense of control. 

Things to consider include:

-        Details of the name and 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.

-        Notes of any important information

Make sure that this information is printed and kept safely to-hand, should it ever be needed. Talk about and share the plan with the person you care for and those named as your emergency contacts.


The Herbert Protocol: additional support for those looking after someone with dementia. 

Waltham Forest Carers Card

Following feedback from carers, Carers First has produced a new Carers Card to help with your peace of mind.

How does it work?

Register with Carers First for the scheme and we will send you a card for you to write the details of the person you would like to be contacted in an emergency and you can simply complete this and keep the card with you. 

This card fits into a purse or wallet and also has useful contact numbers printed on it. Should you become ill or in case of emergency the card can be given to a health professional or police officer who can speak with your emergency contact who can then follow your plan to support the person you care for.

We will also send a template to write down information about the person you look after (for example, medication). To download a blank form click on the button below.

It is advisable to complete the emergency plan document and give copies to those you name as emergency contacts.

How can I join the scheme?

To join the scheme you must be registered as a carer in Waltham Forest. If you are not registered with us, please call our Carers Hub or register here and let us know you would like to sign up for the Emergency Card.

If you are already registered with us and would like to be contacted about the Emergency Card Scheme, please click here >>