Alice Taylor launches Carer’s Guide in Bantry

carers card

Posted on: 7th April, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

(from the left): Lorna Harte, Sheila Holtby, Chairperson and Louise Casey, Director, West Cork Carers Support Group, Author Alice Taylor and Sally-ann Back, West Cork Carers Support Group

The renowned West Cork author, Alice Taylor launched the Carer’s Guide and Emergency Card at The Maritime Hotel on Wednesday March 26. Carers often worry about what will happen if, at short notice, they are unable to provide care. The Carer’s Guide is a folder where Carers can record all of their caring activities plus vital information such as the medical details of the cared for person. The Guide is intended to give Carers some ‘peace of mind’ in that it will ensure continuity of care if the Carer is away from home. It can also be used to ease communications between the Carer, the Caree and care professionals when a Carer needs to take a well-deserved respite break.

The Carer’s Guide also encourages the Carer to keep personal and medical details up to date and in one place so that, in the case of an emergency, they can be quickly accessed.  This will ensure that all aspects of the care provided by the Carer are passed on to the care professionals in a clear format, thus ensuring ease of communication and practical coordination between the Carer and the local service providers supporting the care for the cared for person.

The Carer’s Emergency Card is a credit card sized card that is carried by Carers. It is used as an instant source of identification in case the Carer has an accident when they are out. Carers can obtain a Carer’s Emergency Card from West Cork Carers Support Group and complete the straightforward details including emergency contact numbers. The card should be carried in your bag or wallet. In the event of an accident, this would help alert Gardai, the ambulance service or other emergency response staff to the fact that there is also someone else in need of help.

The two emergency contact telephone numbers on the card should be persons who can help with co-ordinating assistance for the cared for person, while the Carer is receiving attention.  It is important that Carers prepare the emergency contact persons who may come in to take their place by: Checking that these people might be able to step in at short notice and look after the cared for person; checking that they are happy with a call at any time, day or night, in an emergency; making sure that you complete the Carer’s Guide and inform your emergency contacts where this guide is normally kept.

What are the benefits? Carers feel more supported; Carers are less anxious about going out; Carers have peace of mind that their situation is understood; The aids have been developed at the request of Carers; they are Carer led; They are quality, cost effective initiatives.

The Carer’s Guide and Emergency Card have been developed by West Cork Carers Support Group and are supported by the HSE South.

Latest News Articles:

Global Shares to create 80 new jobs
Ford 100 Fest on Ford family farm to mark 100 years of Ford in Ireland
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival launches delectable programme
Healing with a harp
Plan the perfect wedding day at the Fota Island Resort Wedding Forum
Clutching at straws for Coalition
Lee’s and Nils: West Cork clubs in the city
The walk of a lifetime
West Cork farmers take gold at National Farmer of the Year Awards
Shining success for Union Hall Centra store at 2017 Quality Awards

Join us on Facebook

Dunmanway Historical Association regrets to announce that the talk on Sile na Gig which was to take place on Thursday, 24th August in Atkins hall @ 8:30pm has been cancelled. ... See MoreSee Less

18th August, 2017  ·  

This year Wild Atlantic Tag sponsored by Marine Harvest will take place in Adrigole on Saturday August 5th. All are welcome, whether you are a team entry or an individual looking to join a team. The teams will be divided into two sections, Social & Seriously Social! Please contact Sean (0879568363) or Joey (0879865827) to register. It promises to be great craic with plenty of refreshments available pre and post-match! Fantastic local musician Eoghan McEllhenny will entertain the rugby masses from 4.30pm followed by Peadar O’Callaghan and renowned Natural Gas will round off the night from 9.30pm! ... See MoreSee Less

14th July, 2017  ·  

A woodland walk will take place on the 22nd June at 7pm in Glengarriff Nature Reserve. This is a great opportunity to learn about woodlands, their plants and wildlife and is an opportunity not to be missed. Glengarriff Nature Reserve was designated as a Nature reserve in 1991, and covers over 300 acres in size. It is a beautiful and unique woodlands containing many different habitats and is owned and managed by NPWS primarily for conservation and amenity purposes. The event is led by National Parks Ranger Clare Heardman and has been organised by Cork Nature Network For further information please contact ... See MoreSee Less

19th June, 2017  ·  

Jump to: