Coronavirus Preparation & Prevention Plan

By Theresa Wilbanks

​I care for my 98-year-old father. I’ve created our plan and thought it might be helpful to show how we’re managing our situation. This is for general information only; please contact your health care team for guidance on your particular situation.

Minimize Exposure

Minimize visitors to your caree’s home

  • Communicate the plan to minimize visitors in advance
    • Prepare and distribute a note
      • Neighbors
      • Eucharistic ministers
      • Professional caregivers
    • Place a note on the door explaining that visitors will be limited due to an at-risk resident

Avoid Crowds

Minimize your exposure to the virus in order to minimize your caree’s exposure

  • Work from home if possible
  • Workout at home or outside rather than at a gym
  • Stock up on food and supplies to minimize trips to the store – sample list pg. 3
  • Research food and medicine delivery options
  • Minimize trips to refuel vehicles and use disposable gloves

Have a Plan

Back up care plans for your caree

Medical Professionals

  • Determine how to contact doctors by phone or video chat
  • Talk with your PCP about steps to take if you or a family member develop symptoms
  • Talk with providers about back up plans for regular treatments, i.e. dialysis, chemotherapy, wound care

Best Practices

Practice good hygiene

  • Wash hands as soon as you or anyone walk in the door and wash for 20 seconds
  • Don’t touch your face with unclean hands
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Cough in your elbow
  • Throw away used tissue
  • Keep high touch surfaces clean with household cleaning spray or wipes

Stay Healthy

Focus on the basics

  • Sleep
  • Healthy eating
  • Hand washing

Mask

Stay Informed

Fear may spread faster than the virus, so know the sites to trust for information

Know the symptoms

Stock up on staples and minimize shopping

Non-perishable food

  • Protein
    • Tuna (Safe Catch)
    • Beans
    • Frozen Edamame
    • Oatmeal
    • High protein cereals
    • Nuts
    • Soups
    • Health bars
  • Fruits
    • Dried
    • Frozen
    • Plastic containers ie Dole
    • Canned
  • Vegetables
    • Frozen
    • Canned
    • Soups
  • Beverages
    • V8
      • Vegetable
      • Fruit
    • Ensure
    • Coffee/Tea
      • Creamer
      • Sweetener
    • Other
      • Rice
      • Pasta
      • Cereal

Non-food essentials

  • Bathroom
    • TP
    • Wipes
    • Soaps
    • Shampoo/Conditioner
    • Toothpaste
    • Lotion
    • Other
  • Kitchen
    • Dish soap
    • Dishwasher soap
    • Hand soap
    • Paper towels
  • Misc
    • Tissue
    • Laundry detergent
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Surface cleaner
    • Disposable gloves

Medicines

  • Prescription
  • OTC
    • Ibuprofen
    • Acetaminophen

About Theresa

Theresa takes care of her Dad who is 98. She is a Certified Caregiving Consultant™ and Certified Caregiving Educator™. Her passion is helping adult children of aging parents prepare for the caregiving experience through education and consultations. She works with the family caregiver on both the emotional and practical challenges of caring for an aging parent. With newfound skills and resources, the family caregiver is better able to navigate the systems and overcome the obstacles which allows them to create a meaningful journey. Visit SustainableCaregiving.com for more information on how to work with Theresa or to read more about her adventures as a family caregiver.

CAREGIVERS YOU ARE NOT ALONE