COVID-19 UPDATE: CDC Recommends Care Plans

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, having a care plan is an important part of emergency preparedness  for older adults and their caregivers.

You or your senior loved one is running a fever, coughing and struggling to breathe. You suspect COVID-19 and a full-blown medical emergency starts to unfold. Medical professionals will need to quickly know the patient’s health conditions, medications, healthcare providers and emergency contacts.CDC recommends care plans

Are you ready?

The Centers for Disease (CDC) recommends developing a Care Plan now as part of your emergency preparedness.

What is a Care Plan?

A care plan is a document that summarizes a person’s health conditions and current treatments for their care. The CDC offers a the Complete Care Plan, a fillable form you can complete on your computer or by hand after printing.

How Do You Develop a Care Plan?

The CDC offers these tips everyone should follow when developing a care plan.

  • Start a conversation about care planning with the person you take care of.
  • Talk to the doctor of the person you care for or another health care provider.
  • Ask about what care options are relevant to the person you care for.
  • Discuss any needs you have as a caregiver.

And remember, a good care plan can reduce emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and improve overall medical management, especially during a medical emergency.  Use our new no-contact estate plan.

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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