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5.13 Plan for emergencies

People living with dementia may not cope as well with sudden changes of routine or find the added stress of an emergency very distressing

Unexpected situations occur in life. Having a plan for what to do can give enormous peace of mind. People living with dementia may not cope as well with sudden changes of routine or find the added stress of an emergency very distressing.

Carers we know have recommended making contingency plans to support the person with dementia if something happened to them, such as a sudden admission to hospital or if they die before the person with dementia. Make sure family, close friends or services know what the plan is, the telephone numbers of people to contact, and other instructions.

If you live in a place where natural disasters may occur (heatwave, cyclone, bushfire, flood etc.), know your local authority’s procedures and plan well ahead of time where you will evacuate to, how you would get there if a natural disaster occurred, and what supplies you need to bring with you.

The Carer Ready Guide has dementia-specific advice for how to prepare for and manage during and after a natural disaster.

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Plan for emergencies

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