The virus and physical distancing may affect people with disabilities differently than the rest of the Canadian population.
Physical distancing and the risk that a caregiver gets sick is a dangerous situation for many people with disabilities. Additionally, people with disabilities may be more physically vulnerable and face higher exposure risks.
For individuals living with a disability and their supports, please know that resources and support are available. Please take the necessary time to think through your situation and various scenarios. Plan ahead for situations and how you would manage.
Preparedness tips include the following…
- Keep up to date on the situation. This can include following your local health authority on social media or checking their website.
- Have conversations with your support team about the backup plan if your main caregiver becomes sick or is reassigned.
- Have a back-up plan if your attendant does not come to work or is sick.
- Ensure attendants have not travelled to an affected area or outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
- Ask attendants to wash their hands when they arrive and before they provide any assistance.
- Put hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes at the main entrance to your home with a garbage pail for any refuse.
- Be sure your attendants wash their hands after all assistance.
- Be sure that you wash your hands after all assistance.
For Caregivers and Attendants
- Before visiting please call to inform the individual you are dropping by.
- Be ready to answer any questions about your recent engagement with other individuals to see the likelihood of passing on the disease.
Groceries and Essentials
- Create a buddy system to make sure you get groceries, equipment and other necessities if local public transit systems temporarily close.
- Keep 30 days of medical supplies (e.g. catheters and dressing supplies) and medications on hand.
- Make sure your list of prescription drugs is up-to-date.
- Make sure all of your medicines can sustain you for the next 90 days.
- For individuals with regular weekly needs, stay in contact with your pharmacy and physician.
- Purchase additional batteries for your equipment.
- Make sure your primary and backup batteries are always charged.
If You Need to Leave Your Home
- Prepare your Emergency Go Bag:
- Make sure all your financial and medical information is in the bag.
- Pack everything you may require in case you need to be relocated to a medical facility or community centre.
- List of the local phone numbers in case of emergency. Include key people to inform them of your change of circumstances.
- Set up your smart phone emergency texting group.This information has been assembled to assist you to organize yourself during the Covid-19 pandemic: We want to offer some advice on how the virus may affect disabled people. This advice is specifically about the coronavirus and your disabled employees.