Someone to speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself.
Talk with your family, friends, and medical providers about what is most important for your life and medical care.
A form that allows you to name a medical decision maker and to write down what you want for medical care.
To learn about COVID-19:
To learn about medical decisions, such as a breathing machine or CPR:
To learn about help for food, shelter, or bills:
Other helpful resources:
Be Prepared: Take Control Campaign
The “Be Prepared: Take Control” advance care planning campaign was just launched in collaboration with national health care leaders.
COVID-19 Resources For Providers and Organizations
At this unprecedented time in our history, advance care planning has to be ALL OF OUR JOBS. We have put together simple, easy-to-follow scripts that allow anyone as well as any medical provider from any specialty to begin the conversation and to help people begin to prepare before a medical crisis.
In collaboration with our colleagues in the Division of Geriatrics at UCSF, we have put together a COVID-19 Tip Sheet. This includes information about advance care planning, but also planning for medications, pets, bills, and a potential hospital stay. You will notice that many of the resources are specific to the San Francisco Bay Area and reference the PREPARE for Your Care website and advance directives. You can use this as a template for your preferred advance care planning tools and local services.
Patients are social distancing at home and may not be able to legally execute an advance directive right now. However, people can still learn about their wishes and preferences, and we believe that ANY information about the patient's wishes during this pandemic would be helpful to families and medical providers.
This provides an easy-to-read outline of the 5 steps of the PREPARE website
These organizations have created guides to help clinicians know what to say when talking to patients about COVID-19 and their goals for medical care.