The Coronavirus BluesPosted: April 18, 2020 Filed under: Emotional and Physical Challenges, Topics of Current Interest | Tags: Caregiving contingency plans, conversation project, Coronavirus, difficult conversations Leave a comment
See the Cargiving.Com article “The Decisions Caregivers Face During COVID-19” in which Denise reiterates a number of the points I have been making in in the past few weeks, as well as in an old posts from 2014. https://www.caregiving.com/2020/04/the-decisions-caregivers-face-during-covid-19/
Because of the Coronavirus, Denise had a discussion with her parents in March to assess their wishes for treatment. They decided that being cared for at home was the safest course of action. However, in April, Dad vacillated and said, “I don’t want to be put on a ventilator.” Denise had not considered that Dad, who always wanted to stay at home with Mom and not go to the hospital, would feel differently about Coronavirus because of the contagion factor and his concern about giving it to Mom. Denise concluded that it’s best to talk and to be prepared. Nothing is certain, except that things will change. Care plans will need to be tweaked and altered, but that’s okay. What is not okay is the paralysis of indecision and procrastination.
- Caregiving contingencies
- Thoughts about Denial
- The “We don’t need it yet” phenomenon
- The Conversation Project