Carers often worry about what will happen if, at short notice, they are unable to care.
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire will help you to discuss, develop and implement your own emergency plan so that you can arrange care at short notice.
Once your Emergency Plan has been completed and signed it is backed up by:
This card, which includes emergency contact numbers, should be carried in your bag or wallet. In the event of an accident, this would help alert police officers, the ambulance service or other emergency response staff to the fact that there is also someone else in need of help.
Print and complete the Carers emergency card now. (You do not need to have a PRT emergency plan).
Short break services and Day opportunities
You can search our Community Directory to find local organisation offering breaks for carers (look under 'Support for carers) and day opportunities (look under 'Community support/activities').
Many local community groups and activities available to the person you care for may offer you the opportunity of a break. Look in our Community directory under 'Community support/activities' for lunch clubs and social groups in your area. Some clubs may be able to offer transport.
Carers of adults with learning disabilities
There are many groups, activities and clubs in Hampshire for adults with learning disabilities which offer their carers or relatives an opportunity to take a break.
Care at home
If you need a short break during the day, you could use our Home care directory to find providers who offer a ‘sitting service’. You can also search for 'live-in help' to allow you to go away (overnight or for a longer break or holiday).
Local care homes
Many care homes offer short stay care if you need a break. Use our Care homes directory and select 'Short stay' (respite) under admissions.
You can also search for care homes which offer day care for non-residents (this might be informal day care, joining in with the daily activities of the residents, or formal, organised day care services)..
If the person you look after needs special care whilst on holiday, due to disability or other conditions, there are specialist care holiday organisations and accommodation. See the Holidays page in our Getting out and about information section.