It’s said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Many things are out of our control during the coronavirus pandemic, but we can plan for what we can. When creating a plan, you will most likely find that you need help or have questions about how to get your needs met. Please reach out for help. Many people, including our patient and family support navigators, know this is an uncertain time and are able and ready to provide you guidance and understanding.
Some items to consider:
Healthcare. Talk early and often with your caregivers, medical team, friends, and family about your concerns about how social isolation will impact you. Don’t wait for a crisis.
Medicine. During this time, some doctors are writing prescriptions at a higher quantity to keep patients from needing to visit as often. Doctors are also offering telehealth options, including telephone and video care. Call your doctors and ask about your options during this time.
Employment. Some companies may be willing to extend deadlines or offer help during this unique time. Forbes has detailed the steps you should take if you lose work due to economic impacts of the pandemic.
Food. Grocery stores, which the federal government deems an essential service, have remained open. Consider what you will need for the weeks ahead, limit shopping trips, and don’t forget pet food. The Wall Street Journal has compiled a list that details available services during the coronavirus crisis in highly impacted states. If you are immunocompromised, see if someone can go to the store and drop off groceries outside of your house.
Health Insurance. If you are concerned that your health insurance may be impacted by COVID-19, please reach out the the Patient Advocate Foundation's Case Management Team.
If we spend some time planning, those plans will give us a measure of peace and comfort. Talk to your friends and family to see what they’re doing to plan. Again, this is a time to stay connected and talk with our support system.
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