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Norfolk carers urged to plan ahead and prepare for the worst

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 July 2017

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Christa Braybrooks from Norwich said she is "greatly reassured" by Norfolk County Council's Carers Emergency Card. Picture: Norfolk Carers

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Carers in Norfolk are being urged to plan for what would happen to their loved one if they were no longer there.

Support organisation, Norfolk Carers, highlighted the value of a new scheme from Norfolk County Council, called the Carers Emergency Card, which ensures a cared-for person is safe if a carer is involved in an accident or taken ill.

Shelia Adams, 81, from Fakenham, cares for her husband, John, 84 who has kidney cancer, while also dealing with arthritis in her back and wrist.

“If something happened to me we have at least managed to decide on a care home for him,” she said. “We’ve just sorted out our will, and we need to think about the money and how he would manage if I wasn’t there. It’s important to prepare for the worst otherwise it will come as a shock.”

Norfolk Carers offers a range of support on their website including a carers’ handbook and online chat feature.

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