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Being Prepared

A stethoscope resting on a notebookAs much as we are all trying our very best to mitigate risk and to maintain social/physical distancing, it is important that we have a plan for the worst-case scenario. For some of us, this may mean that the individual we support may require hospitalization. There are so many variables to consider in this situation… Will the individual understand why they need to go to the hospital? Will they be prepared for the environmental changes and do they have the things they need to feel safe or to pass time if needed? Will the hospital know about their preferences and abilities?  Will the hospital staff know who to reach if there are questions or be able to communicate with the individual?  

Here are some resources that aim to answer some of those questions and others as you prepare for this scenario:

  • State-specific COVID-19 disability forms that aim to help provide information to hospital staff so they can best support the individual created at Stonybrook University. These can be found on their website here.
  • ODP's Special Populations Division shared a Communication Profile for those who have communication needs.  More information about Communication Profiles and other helpful communication tools are available in the Toolkit for Communication and COVID-19

Are there other strategies or recommendations that have been effective for the participants you support? If so, let us know! Please send any suggestions or  questions related to this email or requests for additional resources to RA-basprovidersupprt@pa.gov