Advance Care Planning in the COVID-19 Crisis

Focus on controlling what you can control during the coronavirus outbreak:

1) Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home: Protect your health and the health of those around you. The choices we make today to stop the spread of coronavirus will help those closest to us tomorrow.

2) Take care by practicing physical distancing and social connectedness: Focus on reducing physical contact, while maintaining the social and emotional connections that fulfill you. Reach out to friends and family and let them know how much you care about them.

3) Be prepared: Download the advance care planning resource to begin:

  • Download New York State Healthcare Proxy Form to officially appoint someone who will help make medical decisions if you are unable

4) Know where your loved ones stand. There may be a time when we have to help the people closest to us—our friends, our spouses, our parents or grandparents—get medical care if they become seriously ill with coronavirus disease. This means understanding what is important to them so we can speak on their behalf if they can’t.

For resources and to access and create advance care planning documents please visit Honoring Choices Massachusetts, The Conversation Project and Cake.

More Resources related to topic:

Proactive Care Planning Resource for those facing serious illness from Respecting Choices

Role of Healthcare Agent for Covid-19

Advance Care Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic. Next Avenue (2020, March 26).

As coronavirus spreads, more people thinking about end-of-life directives. NBC News (2020, March 22).

It’s Time to Get Serious About End-of-Life Care for High-Risk Coronavirus Patients Time (2020, March 30).

Do your loved ones a favor. Find out now how they want to die. Washington Post (2020, March 23).

From our Community:

Dr. Amy Case, a palliative care physician at a Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute discusses the importance of having goals of care discussions with patients with advancing illness, and how the time for these discussions is ever more relevant now. She comments, “In light of the COVID pandemic, have been facing several unique challenges including the ethics of possible ventilator allocation in light of upcoming shortages and discussions about physician imposed DNR orders in cases of medical futility. This piece focuses on the imperative for us to have more goals of care conversations with all patients, now.” Read her article as submitted to the Covid-19: Annals of Family Medicine.