June 2020

3 ways to prepare for serious illness during a pandemic

(NC) The COVID-19 pandemic is making many feel nervous or anxious about what the future will bring. Fortunately, there are many ways to prepare that don’t involve stocking up on toilet paper or hand sanitizer. Here are three considerations:

  1. Familiarize yourself with how to find alternative medical care. This includes learning how to use technology that enables virtual care by using a tablet or mobile device to remotely connect with health-care professionals for a variety of services, such as doctor appointments/follow-ups or getting a prescription. These are essential things to learn as they may not be accessible in the same manner as before. 
  2. Make a list of essential items that you medically require. It is important to have a supply on hand, as some of these items could be challenging to obtain during a pandemic, and it alleviates you of having to go out in public and wait in lines. Don’t forget to include things such as any prescriptions or vitamins.
  3. Learn how medical decisions are made when people are seriously ill. It’s important to understand this process, which is where online tools such as Plan Well guide can help. It provides access to information and resources, so you can learn what to say and how best to work with the doctors involved in caring for those who are seriously ill.

These quick tips can help kick start the planning process, which will ensure you or your loved ones are taken care of during an overwhelming time.

More information around planning for serious illness is available at

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