For many family carers, one of their greatest concerns is what will happen to their son or daughter with a learning disability if something should happen to them. Carers' cards are designed to give family carers the peace of mind that should they have an emergency, accident or illness, others would be made aware of their caring responsibility and be able to contact the right people to support their son or daughter.
The Mencap carers' card
The Mencap carers' card is different to those produced by many local authorities, because it has been designed to meet the specific needs of carers of people with a learning disability.
The card works alongside an emergency information booklet that includes essential information about the person you care for, to help ensure that if anything happens they will be supported by people they know.
To use your Mencap carers' card you need to find two people who are willing to act as a contact in an emergency. They should:
- know the person you care for and be liked by them
- live with you or near you
- be generally available or able to answer a mobile phone
- be able to act calmly in an emergency and pass on information accurately
With the help of the emergency information booklet you can plan with your emergency contacts and the person you care for the steps that they will take should something happen to you.
Emergency information booklets
When you order your carers' card from Mencap it will come with two emergency information booklets, one for each of your contacts. The information in the booklet includes space to fill out the regular routines of the person you care for, alongside contact details for their school, college, work or day centre. Additional space is also available to fill out details of any health conditions and medication, likes and dislikes, eating and drinking, mobility and daily living skills.
How do I get my carers' card and emergency information pack?
Or you can contact our Helpline to ask for a pack:
The Learning Disability Helpline
Telephone: 0808 808 1111