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Planning for the future if you are a carer

Prepare an emergency plan

Caring Together supports carers on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council and can help you to register an emergency What if? Plan.

It is important to plan ahead in case you are unable to look after the person that you normally care for, due to sudden illness, accident or emergency.

This includes information about you and the person you care for, and contact details for family or friends who can be contacted to take over caring. The plan should include important information that will help them or someone else to take over caring in an emergency.

This ensures that support is available if you are unable to look after the person you care for. Emergency support can be provided to the person you care for, in the event of a sudden illness, accident or other unplanned event.

Back-up support is available for up to 72 hours, if essential. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

You can call Caring Together for support during office hours - Monday to Thursday 8.30am-5pm, and Friday 8.30am-4.30pm.

Telephone: 0345 241 0954

You can complete an online form to request support from Caring Together. Or email Caring Together on

The Herbert Protocol

This is a national initiative which encourages carers to keep a record of key information which could be useful if a vulnerable person goes missing.

Carers are asked to complete a form with information such as medication and photographs, and keep it safe in case it is needed.

Find out more and download the form at the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website .

Mental Capacity Act and Lasting Power of Attorney

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 helps people plan for a time when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. This includes making a Lasting Power of Attorney.

You can find out more about planning for the future on our mental capacity webpages including information about advance decision making.

Going into hospital

Information on short term care, including after a hospital stay.

End of life care

Making and 'end of life plan' makes it easier for others to support, and carry out the person's wishes, when the time comes. Information on end of life care.