Can Caregivers Prepare for COVID-19 Complications?

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Caregivers should have a Care Plan in response to COVID-19.

You are the primary caregiver for an aging loved one.

When circumstances are normal, you worry about his or her health.

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises, you find your anxiety growing.

Every cough and wheeze makes you wonder whether your loved one has contracted COVID-19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 recommendations for older adults, caregivers and seniors should create a Care Plan.

Caregivers need a care plan in place with COVID-19.
COVID-19 places additional stress on caregivers.

Why?

If a senior has a medical emergency, the hospital staff will need to know the condition of the patient, prescribed medications, emergency contacts, and healthcare providers.

Would you be able to provide this information?

If no, you can fill out and print the Complete Care Plan template on the CDC website.

What steps should caregivers take to create this plan?

Caregivers should start by talking with their loved one so the plan takes into account his or her needs.

Next, caregivers should discuss care options with the primary care physician.

Be sure to ask about any needs you may have as the caregiver as well.

By having these conversations, you can avoid trips to the hospital, unless absolutely necessary.

Should an medical emergency occur, the health care team will be better equipped to respond.

After all, knowledge is power.

When it comes to our health care, however, it also can be a matter of life and death.

Resource: Centers for Disease Control, Coronavirus Disease 2019, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/older-adults.html

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