The ten page document, which can be downloaded here, allows family carers to record key information relating to the person(s) they care for including any illnesses/disabilities/difficulties, their care needs, medication requirements, key contacts within the health service and encourages them to identify a family member or friend (where available) who could provide care should they fall ill.
On completion, the family carer is encouraged to talk about the plan with the cared for person, emergency contacts named in the document, family, friends and healthcare professionals to ensure it can be enacted if necessary.
Family Carers Ireland is also encouraging members of the public to share their experiences of creating their action plan and to offer their opinions on additional information they would like to see included in future versions of this booklet.
The organisation has also produced an infographic with practical advice for family carers who may find themselves caring at home for a person with Covid-19. It can be download here.
Amid concerns that most vulnerable people are missing out on food and other essentials due to widespread panic-buying, Family Carers Ireland and Age Action Ireland held successful discussions with Tesco Ireland resulting in family carers and over 65s being given dedicated early store access.
As of March 18th, these customers have dedicated access to stores between 7am and 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday while a number of Ireland’s other major supermarket retailers have since announced similar initiatives for over 65s and family carers.
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