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Carers Prepared For The Unexpected - MS Society, UK

Main Category: Multiple Sclerosis
Article Date: 03 Jun 2008 - 5:00 PDT
The MS Society is to launch a new initiative that aims to reassure carers of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) that their duties will still be carried out in an emergency.

The free Carers Emergency Card gives 24-hour access to temporary cover for an unexpected situation and leaves the carers safe in the knowledge that their relative or friend will be looked after.

Whether it be the car breaking down while out shopping or maybe a medical or family emergency, many carers of people with MS worry that there may be a time when they will not be available to continue caring.

Jo Ridley, Carers Lead for the MS Society, said: "The MS Society Carers Emergency Card will now give carers the peace of mind that the person they care for will still be looked after if something untoward happens.

"This is a practical solution and will provide comfort to both the carer, and the person being cared for."

The Carers Emergency Card is being launched to coincide with Carers Week (9 to 15 June). It is free to register for the card and during registration the carer will be asked for the details of three trusted contacts to be called upon in an emergency.

When the number on the card is called, leading telecare provider Welbeing will phone the named contacts and arrange cover.

Jo added: "A Carers Emergency Card system exists in some parts of the country but there are still many areas where carers are left to fend for themselves.

"Carers who already use an emergency card say that it gives them valued reassurance. By introducing this card, the MS Society hopes to plug those gaps where no service exists."

For how to register contact Welbeing on Freephone 0800 085 8344.

MS Society

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