COVID-19: Contingency Planning Q&A

Below you will find some ideas to help set up a contingency plan for your Microboard or other self-directed supports. If you would like more information on COVID-19 specific for Microboards and Individualized Funding recipients, please visit our Information Page.
 
1. What happens if the individual’s primary caregiver gets sick?
 
  • Ensure you have a plan in place before this happens. Think of who in your network would be able to step up and provide care for the individual. Have an open conversation with them in advance so that you are both clear on the expectations.

  • When you are considering alternative care, remember that they may be infected themselves, but not showing symptoms, so ensure the replacement caregiver does not have, or live in a home with someone who has, a compromised immune system.

  • If the individual cannot leave their home (because of specialized equipment/accessibility/etc.) and the primary caregiver gets sick, ensure that the caregiver self-isolates as soon as possible and minimizes contact with others in the home.

  • If someone gets sick, increase hygiene routines to try and limit transmission.

  • Ensure care and medication routines are clearly written out ahead of time so that someone else can step in and provide the necessary care.

  • If the individual lives in the family home, have supplies ready if the individual needs to leave and stay with another caregiver.

  • Don’t forget to keep everyone, including the individual, informed about what is happening.
2. Ways to engage your Microboard/Network/Community:
 
  • Ask them to pick up and deliver groceries and prescriptions.

  • Regularly check in with your network via zoom/skype/phone/text.

  • Offer rides when someone typically would have to take transit.

  • Post on social media/community pages looking for supplies/help.

  • Order food for delivery.

  • Stay engaged with neighbours and ask if they are able to pick up extra groceries when they shop.

  • Contact local food producers directly to see if you can get food from them.