Prepare for COVID-19 with an Advance Care Plan
This letter to the editor was submitted to Dallas Morning News in response to, "Dallas County reporters two more coronavirus fatalities, 36 new cases," on March 25, 2020.
News of rising fatalities in our community heightens a sense of urgency and, unfortunately, a sense of helplessness. We are all washing our hands more, staying indoors and exploring a new world of video chats and no sporting events.
But what more can we do?
Take this time to make an advance care plan. It’s a simple document in which you list your goals and priorities for care, as well as name people who can speak for you in a crisis if you cannot. Talk about it with your family and friends and offer to help them make their advance care plan now too. If everyone has one, doctors can treat us better,nurses can care for us with a clear understanding of what matters most to us, and our loved ones will know who’s in charge of making decisions if we can’t speak.
With COVID-19 forcing us to realize any of us could become a patient at any time, creating an advance care plan -- one that can help give us a voice in a crisis if we can’t speak -- is more important than ever.
Your family and our healthcare systems will thank you.
Jeff Zucker is CEO of Dallas-based ADVault, Inc., creator of MyDirectives.com, the world’s leading all-digital advance care planning platform.