Limerick charity launches national ‘Emergency Card Scheme’

first_imgThe Emergency Card Scheme has been funded by Irish Life and with the support of Dormant Account fund administered by Pobal.  A social story (accessible storyboard) to explain the scheme has also been developed with the support of Sensory Space. For more information on the scheme please visit Family Carer’s newly launched website: www.familycarers.ie   NO REPRO FEE 31/8/2020 Family Carers Ireland (FCI) has developed a new Emergency Card Scheme for family carers. The Emergency Card Scheme is intended to give peace of mind to family carers that their loved-one will be provided for should the family carer have an unplanned hospital admission or accident. Funded by Irish Life, the Emergency Card Scheme is developed in partnership with An Garda Siochana, the National Ambulance Service Community First Responder Schemes, The Irish Red Cross, Sensory Space and The Order of Malta with the support of the Dormant Account fund administered by Pobal. Pictured with Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD at Government Buildings to launch the intiative is Moira Skelly (centre front left), a family carer who will be the first to sign up to the new scheme, with Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement with Family Carers Ireland, Dr. Kathy McLoughlin, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, Family Carers Ireland, Gavin Hennessy, Group Diversity and Inclusion Manage, Irish Life, Inspector Jim Clavin, An Garda Siochana, Mark Callanan, Community Engagement Officer, National Ambulance Service Community, Comdr Brian Power, The Order of Malta, Pauline McDermott, The Irish Red CrossAgnes Guste and Jurgita Pakste, Sensory Space. For more information visit: www.familycarers.ie PHOTO: Mark Stedman When a family carer has an unplanned hospital admission there is a risk that the person who needs their care and support could be left at home alone and uncared for. The Emergency Card Schemeis intended to give peace of mind to family carers as well as ensuring that the person they care for remains safe in such emergencies.The new scheme can be broken down into 4 simple steps: Step 1. Family carer completes FCI Emergency Care Plan with or for their loved one outlining their care needs, likes, dislikes, medication requirements etcStep 2. The Family Carer nominates two people who will step into their caring role in the event of an emergency and provide FCI with these details as part of their Emergency Care PlanStep 3. Completed Emergency Care Plan is sent to FCI and family carer receives their Emergency Card which they carry at all times.  The card includes a Freephone emergency helpline numberStep 4. In the event of an emergency, and where a person’s named emergency contacts are unavailable, Family Carers Ireland will determine the person’s needs and either mobilise:A red response (for a person who needs a high level of support), where a member of An Garda Siochana will visit the person and decide if the person requires transportation to the emergency department as a place of safety; or A green response which will include contacting a pair of volunteers from either the National Ambulance Service Community First Responder Schemes, The Irish Red Cross or The Order of Malta to sit with, and to support the person until a home care package can be organised.  During this emergency period FCI may also provide up to 72 hours of in-home emergency support where appropriate.In a 2019 survey* 74 per cent of family carers feared for their loved-one’s future and in particular worried about who will provide care for their loved one should they, the family carer, become ill or have an accident.  FCI’s ‘Caring Through Covid’ survey ** also revealed that 84 per cent of family carers surveyed worry about getting the coronavirus and not being able to look after the person(s) they care for.Speaking about the initiative Jean Ryan, FCI Centre Manager for Limerick said: “The pandemic has really highlighted the need for this scheme. Family carers often worry about what will happen to the person they care for, in the event that they, the family carer, are involved in an accident or emergency. This has never been more important than in our current times. We are extremely grateful to Irish Life and Dormant Accounts for funding this new initiative and offering this reassurance to Ireland’s family carers.” There are over 355,000 family carers in Ireland. Family carers make extraordinary sacrifices and work extremely hard, sometimes 24 hours a day, to provide care for children and adults with intellectual or physical disability, frail older people, people with palliative care needs or those living with mental health, chronic illness or addiction issues. Their unpaid work saves the State a staggering €10bn each year.  Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter Print WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post THE Taoiseach formally launched Family Carers Ireland’s Emergency Card Scheme at Government Buildings. Family Carers Ireland (FCI), has developed a new Emergency Card Scheme which is available to Limerick’s 15531 family carers. The scheme is in partnership with An Garda Siochana, the National Ambulance Service Community First Responder Schemes, The Irish Red Cross and The Order of Malta. 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