Emergency Planning - Waltham Forest

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.

Waltham Forest Carers Card

Following feedback from carers, Carers FIRST has produced

a new Carers Card to help with your peace of mind.


This card fits into a purse or wallet and has useful

contact numbers on it as well as space for you to write

instructions to be followed by a police officer or

health professional should you become ill or in case of emergency

who can then organise the support of the person you care for.

To get your carers card you can contact our Carers Hub who will send you one, or you can pick one up by coming along to one of our groups or drop ins, details of which you can find on our calendar or What's On Guides.