How Do I Communicate with Doctors, Nurses,
and Staff at the Hospital During COVID-19?
March 28, 2020
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, how will you be
able to talk to doctors, nurses and others at the hospital?
This guide is to help you get ready for your hospital visit.
JUST FOR THE HEALTH OF IT
INFORMATION WITH REGARD TO COVID-19 AND YOUR HEALTH
Below is some info from the CDC’s website about how to manage
stress and anxiety during this stressful time.
Courtesy of the Westchester County Department of Health we were able to obtain this card for you to fill out as a deaf/HOH individual to assist in your healthcare needs should the Corona Virus befall upon you. Please use this for your
reference as guidelines
differ in different areas
You may download and print this out, and please remember to check back with HLAA Westchester and/or your local association for more information as it becomes available. Also check with
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies, most cases of coronavirus are transmitted person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through airborne transmission of respiratory droplets (coughing, sneezing, etc.). Older adults and people who have underlying chronic medical conditions (heart or lung disease, diabetes, etc.) seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from Covid-19 illness. They advise people to:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home (self-quarantine) if you feel you may have been exposed to someone with the virus, are sick yourself, and seek a doctor’s help if necessary
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content
For more information about Coronavirus, the flu or other illnesses, go to www.cdc.gov
Advice on shopping for groceries & medicine – particularly for the elderly or those with health conditions
Grocery stores, drug stores, and other retailers considered “essential” remain open, although they may have reduced hours, restricted hours, or are out of many items such as paper goods or frozen foods. You may also wish to have your groceries and prescriptions delivered to your home:
- Stop & Shop has a delivery service (www.Peapod.com)
- Amazon, Walmart and Target also delivers groceries (although Target may have shorter delivery times because people don’t think of them first for groceries)
- CVS, RiteAid and Walgreens all offer prescription delivery service
- Fresh Direct (www.freshdirect) is a wonderful source of home-delivered groceries (offers a big discount for first orders)
- Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com) delivers fresh, pre-measured ingredients for meals (also offering a big discount for first orders)
- Many local deli’s and restaurants are offering take out and delivery services, including prepared meals
Seniors, especially those with underlying health conditions, have expressed concern about leaving their homes or shopping in crowded environments. Some supermarkets and other stores have offered exclusive hours for seniors. For example, Stop and Shop will be open from 6:00 am – 7:30 am daily just for people 60 years of age and older. DeCicco’s supermarkets have implement special early hours for seniors only. Check with your local store about availability and special hours of these services.
FOR EVEN MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION CHECK OUT HLAA WEBSITE AT WWW.HEARINGLOSS.ORG
Stress and Coping
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include
People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSAexternal icon) website.
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Things you can do to support yourself
Reduce stress in yourself and others
Sharing the facts about COVID-19 and understanding the actual risk to yourself and people you care about can make an outbreak less stressful..
When you share accurate information about COVID-19 you can help make people feel less stressed and allow you to connect with them.
Learn more about taking care of your emotional health.
Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.
Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way.
Some common changes to watch for include
There are many things you can do to support your child
Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll on you. There are things you can do to reduce secondary traumatic stress (STS) reactions:
For people who have been released from quarantine
Being separated from others if a healthcare provider thinks you may have been exposed to COVID-19 can be stressful, even if you do not get sick. Everyone feels differently after coming out of quarantine. Some feelings include :
Children may also feel upset or have other strong emotions if they, or someone they know, has been released from quarantine. You can help your child cope.
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