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Planning for the future

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has produced a very useful booklet –  Planning for the future and emergency planning. (PDF) This is a guide for families, carers and friends of mental health service users.

Produced by the trust with a group of carers, including Meriden’s Carer Consultant Peter Woodhams, this booklet looks at one of the main concerns of carers – what would happen to the person I care for if something happens to me?

The booklet provides practical information about the things carers and families need to think about when looking to the future, as well as thinking about emergency planning should it be needed.

It includes:

  • How to start the planning process
  • Help with planning
  • Making financial plans
  • Emergency planning
  • Useful checklists

You can download the booklet ‘Planning for the future and emergency planning’ here (PDF)

If you’d like a free hard copy of the booklet you can:

  • Call the patient experience team on 0121 301 1389
  • Leave a message with the Customer Relations (PALS) team on 0800 953 0045
  • Or email evie.hogshaw@nhs.net

Forward Carers have also produced a What IF plan for carers. It’s a simple guide which may help carers and families plan and record vital information for emergency situations which may mean that you are unable to provide care.

There are also resources available to help you plan for the future on the rethink website including:

Planning for future care and support and

Wills and trusts

Helpful services for carers
Recovery resources for professionals