Keep up to date on the situation. This can include following your local health authority on social media or checking their website.
- Have conversations with your support team about the backup plan if your main caregiver becomes sick or is reassigned.
- Have a back-up plan if your attendant does not come to work or is sick.
- Ensure attendants have not travelled to an affected area or outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
- Ask attendants to wash their hands when they arrive and before they provide any assistance.
- Put hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes at the main entrance to your home with a garbage pail for any refuse.
- Be sure your attendants wash their hands after all assistance.
- Be sure that you wash your hands after all assistance.
For Caregivers and Attendants
- Before visiting please call to inform the individual you are dropping by.
- Be ready to answer any questions about your recent engagement with other individuals to see the likelihood of passing on the disease.
Groceries and Essentials
- Create a buddy system to make sure you get groceries, equipment and other necessities if local public transit systems temporarily close.
- Keep 30 days of medical supplies (e.g. catheters and dressing supplies) and medications on hand.
- Make sure your list of prescription drugs is up-to-date. Make sure all of your medicines can sustain you for the next 90 days.
- For individuals with regular weekly needs, stay in contact with your pharmacy and physician.
- Purchase additional batteries for your equipment.
- Make sure your primary and backup batteries are always charged.
If You Need to Leave Your Home
- Make sure all your financial and medical information is in the bag.
- Pack everything you may require in case you need to be relocated to a medical facility or community centre.
- List of the local phone numbers in case of emergency.
- Include key people to inform them of your change of circumstances.
- Set up your smart phone emergency texting group.