If someone you care for is admitted to hospital, there will be a need to consider how they will be supported when they are ready to return home. For example, their needs may have changed or they may require additional support.
You will need to consider the type and amount of support you can provide along with help that may be required. For instance, you may be able to help with shopping and meals, but perhaps both of you would prefer someone else to support with other tasks e.g. personal care.
Being identified as a carer
You can ensure that you are recognised as a carer – you can get one of our carer’s cards which also can also act as the card for your What if? Plan which can be activated if you have an emergency meaning you cannot carry out your caring role. Both Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (covering Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie) and North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (covering Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke) also have carers passports in place – see the information below.
Being identified as a carer will help you and the person you care for if they are admitted to hospital. Having a What If? plan will also be very helpful if something happens that means you are taken into hospital.
Information to help you
If the person you care for is admitted to hospital Age UK and Carers UK have published information and advice:
If the person you care for is admitted to hospital and you want to know more about your rights and receive advice, information and support please see the following information.
Find out more about what is in place at the hospitals in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust):
Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Stamford and Rutland Hospital:
Find out more about what is in place at the hospitals in Norfolk