One of the main worries carers have is who would look after the person I care for if something happens to me?

The aim of this scheme is to help carers to plan ahead, thinking of how a back-up service can be provided if a carer is involved in an emergency and is unable to care.  This may be on a temporary basis due to illness, hospital admission or any given situation.

This scheme will be able to support carers for a 24-72 hour period. If an emergency with the carer continues beyond this period, Adult Services may be involved in arranging any additional service needed, for example, if the carer was to stay in hospital for a week.

How does the scheme work?

Carers register with the scheme and provide information about the person they care for, along with the names of anybody who can be contacted in the event of an emergency, in the form of a plan. This plan will be held by Calderdale Carers Project and Social Services.

The Carer will then be issued with a small card to carry with them. This card will include contact details for the Carer’s Emergency Back-Up Scheme.

In the event of an accident or sudden emergency the contact number on the card can be called, by either the carer or the emergency services. Staff answering the call will have access to the carer’s back-up plan and will put the plan into action. This service is free for the first 72 hours of additional care provided by Adult Services, if relevant.

Putting the plan into action may include:

  • Contacting the people named by you, who have agreed to help in an emergency
  • Contacting the person you care for to keep them informed
  • Checking that the support needed is in place
  • Helping to arrange emergency care, if required, where possible
  • Letting you know what is happening


To join the scheme contact Calderdale Carers Project on 01422 369101 to register, and you’ll receive a copy of the emergency back-up plan to complete.

We may be able to make home visits if you need help with completing your plan.