Three things you can do now
This is a challenging time. There are many things that are out of our control. But there are some things we can do to help us be prepared — both for ourselves and the people we care about. Here are three important things each of us can do, right now, to be prepared.
Pick your person to be your health care decision maker
Choose a health care decision maker (known as a health care agent or durable power of attorney for healthcare) — a person who will make medical decisions for you if you become too sick to make them for yourself. Here is a guide to help you choose a health care agent.
Have a talk with our health care agent to make sure they know what matters most to you. Make a plan to talk with your decision maker as soon as possible. Phone calls or video chats are good if you don’t live with that person.
Fill out an Advance Directive naming your health care agent. Give one copy of the Advance Directive to your health care agent and one copy to your health care team.
Talk with your important people and health care agent about what matters most. The Conversation Starter Kit can help you get ready to talk to others about what matters most. If you have already completed Advance Directive, review it with your loved ones to see if you want to make any changes or updates.
After you talk to our loved ones about what matters, talk to your health care team. Call your primary care provider or specialist to set up a televisit to talk
about this. Knowing what matters to you helps your care team provide
better care that’s right for you.
People who are older or have chronic medical conditions are more likely to become very sick if they get COVID-19. Some will recover with hospital care, but even with ventilator support many will die. Think about what you would want if you became very sick at this time:
- What would be most important to you? (Examples: Being comfortable. Trying all possible treatments.)
- What are you most worried about? (Examples: Being alone. Being in pain. Being a burden.)
- What is helping you through this difficult time? (Examples: My friends. My faith. My cat.)
- If you became very sick with COVID-19, would you prefer to stay where you live or go to the hospital?
- If you chose to go to the hospital, would you want to receive intensive care in the hospital?When you speak with your health care provider, ask if completing a POST form would be appropriate so others know.
- What treatments to use or avoid if you become very sick.
- List any other questions or concerns you want to bring up with our friend/family/provider.
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