One of the concerns that carers tell us they have is what would happen if they were taken ill or involved in an accident when leaving the person they look after.
The free Carers Emergency Card gives peace of mind by providing access to emergency assistance 24 hours a day.
The Carers Emergency Card is a pocket sized card that can be carried as a source of identification in the event of an accident or illness. The registration and telephone numbers on the card are linked to a database held by Sefton Careline at Sefton Arc (Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council’s Control Centre) where help can be co-ordinated to assist the cared for person while the carer is receiving attention. To be eligible for the free card the carer or the cared for person must reside in Sefton and be registered with Sefton Carers Centre.
To register for this service you will need to complete an application form - available to download here. When filling in the application form you will be asked to provide information about the person to be cared for, such as where they live and who would be able to help in an emergency. This is to ensure that care can be co-ordinated by the appropriate people at times when the carer is unavailable.
In an emergency when a call is made to Sefton Careline they will respond by co-ordinating assistance for the cared for person by initially contacting the first available key holder. This might include getting in touch with either the next of kin, out of hours services or the emergency services, if necessary.