As Florida continues to re-open, COVID-19 is continuously spreading throughout the United States. Due to the severe risk that the virus poses on the health of seniors, it is critical to have a care plan ready in case of a severe complication. You may be wondering, “what is a care plan?” A care plan is a summary that includes an individual’s health conditions and current treatments. The document should be easy to access, read, and express clearly the individual’s views, preferences, and needs. This resource can help reduce the number of hospitalizations and improve medical management, especially for seniors living in long-term care facilities.
Care plans can include:
- A summary of your health conditions
- Healthcare providers
- Emergency contacts
- End-of-life care options
Usually, people complete their care plans with their doctors, a family member, or even a home nurse aide. However, the summary should be carefully reviewed and approved by the individual who is going through the process of care. Being prepared and developing a care plan is critical during these uncertain times. But remember these plans can be updated annually or anytime there is a change in your health. Stay prepared and stay positive, seniors. We will all get through this together.
If you would like some guidance on how to complete a care plan click here.
Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas, for the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.