There are a number of cards that can make your life easier as a carer and help give you piece of mind. They can also help you quickly and easily communicate that assistance from people around you might be needed. This could be for either you or the person you care for. It even includes a ‘Sunflower Card’!
Emergency Carers Card
Here at Islington Carers Hub, we provide Emergency Carers Cards for unpaid carers. An Emergency Carers Card is for people who care for someone with a long-term health problem or who is physically disabled. This card will ensure that the person you care for will not be left without help in the event of your own emergency. The Emergency Carers Card is the size of a credit card, so it can be carried with you at all times.
If you have had an emergency, you nominate one or two people who’s contact details have been given to the Social Services. They will contact those people in order for them to step in and help for the duration of the emergency. To join the scheme please contact Islington Carers Hub to request a Carers Assessment. There can sometimes be a wait of a few weeks for a Carers Assessment, but an assessment is to see what might help make your life easier, and what support can be put in place to help you in your caring role.
Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Card
A Sunflower Card indicates that someone has a hidden and/or invisible disability. The lanyard discreetly indicates to people around, including staff, colleagues and health professionals, that the person may need additional support, help or a little more time. A card can be added to explain more, including a number of icons that are becoming more widely recognised. Living with a hidden disability can make daily life more demanding for many people, but it can be difficult for others to identify, acknowledge or understand the challenges the person faces.
For more information, see the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Card website.
‘Just Can’t Wait’ Toilet Card
A ‘Just Can’t Wait’ Toilet Card is a digital card that can be downloaded onto phones and discreetly shown so that access can be given to toilets. The holder of the card will have a medical condition and will need to use the toilet quickly. They are also available as a plastic card which is available via post.
For more information, see the Bladder & Bowel Community website.