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Be a Hero. Make a Plan.

Realities of the COVID-19 experience underscore the importance of thinking and talking about the care you want before any hospital care may happen. By making a plan, you can help your yourself, your family and the medical community, all while staying at home.

You can find out more information on our Care Planning page.

To participate in our campaign, all you have to do is follow three steps. If you’d like, you can also write a Letter to the Editor

 

Step 1. Answer three questions

Write your answers down, or use a smart phone or other camera to record a selfie video of yourself answering the following questions:
1. Who is your backup person? Who is next in line if that person is not available?
2. What matters to you in life right now?
3. What are you doing to stay strong?
Be sure to share these answers with your backup person(s).

Step 2. Share your actions on social media.

Let us know that you’ve started to make a care plan by posting any of the graphics found here: BeAHeroMakeAPlan image folder.

If you feel comfortable, share your answers on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts. When you post to social media, please tag NPAF on Facebook (@NPAForg), Twitter (@NPAF_tweets) or Instagram (patient_advocates) and use the hashtag #beaheromakeaplan. The second page of this toolkit includes sample social media posts.

 

Sample social media posts

Facebook

I did it! You can do it too – find out everything you need to #BeAHeroMakeAPlan at https://www.npaf.org/patients-and-caregivers/care-planning/

 

Staying at home is only the first step towards helping the medical community right now. The next is to make a plan in case you have to go to the hospital. I learned how with @npaforg to #BeAHeroMakeAPlan and you can too. https://www.npaf.org/patients-and-caregivers/care-planning/

 

It only took a few minutes, but I made a plan today for my medical care. Have you thought about what would happen if you had to go to the hospital? #BeAHeroMakeAPlan #coronavirus Find out more here https://www.npaf.org/patients-and-caregivers/care-planning/

 

Step 1: Choose a medical decision-maker. Step 2: Share your wishes Step 3: Consider an advance directive. #BeAHeroMakeAPlan Find out more here: https://www.npaf.org/patients-and-caregivers/care-planning/

 

Instagram

It only took a few minutes, but I made a plan today for my medical care. Have you thought about what would happen if you had to go to the hospital? #BeAHeroMakeAPlan @patient_advocates

Step 1: Choose a medical decision-maker. Step 2: Share your wishes. Step 3: Consider an advance directive. #BeAHeroMakeAPlan Find out more here: https://www.npaf.org/patients-and-caregivers/care-planning/

You can find Instagram images to post here: BeAHeroMakeAPlan image folder

 

Twitter

I did it! With three steps, I made everything a little easier for my family in case I have to go to the hospital. #BeAHeroMakeAPlan @npaf_tweets Find out more here: https://www.npaf.org/patients-and-caregivers/care-planning/

Staying at home is only the first step towards helping the medical community right now. The next is to make a plan in case you have to go to the hospital. I learned how with @npaforg to #BeAHeroMakeAPlan and you can too. https://www.npaf.org/patients-and-caregivers/care-planning/

Step 3: Get Others to Make a Plan

Tag family, friends and colleagues to also #beaheromakeaplan

Bonus: Write a Letter to the Editor

Letters to the editor are an important grassroots tool that help raise awareness of an issue. You can find more information on letters to the editor in our Advocacy Toolkit. A sample LTE is included below:

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To whom it may concern:

As someone who stands in awe of the selfless work put forth by our medical community, I was looking for ways to help them. After speaking with professionals, I would like to encourage everyone to make a plan for their care should they be hospitalized.

By creating a care plan, you will help our doctors and health care professionals know how you’d like to be treated as a patient and as a person. You’ll also help your family by helping them to navigate a difficult situation. And finally, you’ll help yourself, by ensuring you have a say in your care when you may not even be able to speak.

For  more information, please visit the National Patient Advocate Foundation at www.npaf.org.

Sincerely,

Your Name,

City, State