COVID Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities / Stop Care Rationing

Stop Care Rationing

We must take action to stop hospitals and states must setting up triage plans that deprioritize older adults and people with disabilities. They say that our lives are not worth as much. But we can fight back.

* Sign on to an open letter and take a “solidarity selfie!” #NoBodyIsDisposable

* Print out DREDF’s Know Your Disability Healthcare Rights information (here in English/Spanish), available at dredf.org in multiple languages.

* Post a note on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, with a story of someone you know who lived to be old, or someone disabled, who gives an example of people whose lives are worth saving.

The Center for Public Representation has compiled a wealth of information on medical care rationing, including an overview of the issue, national and state-specific letters, and media articles.

Articles about seniors & disabled people potentially being denied care: 

Viewpoints: Physicians Rightfully Worry About Multiple Longterm Effects Of Epidemic; Decisions On Allocating Care Get More Difficult

Disability Visibility Project: Fatphobia, Ableism & the Covid 19 Pandemic

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/opinion/coronavirus-ventilators-triage-disability.html?fbclid=IwAR0JkIL8G1il-xmjt1zxslmnnK3ZP9l7STswNClqSGV9iBxk_-KZKgpF-64

Opinion | My Life Is More ‘Disposable’ During This Pandemic

Opinion | ‘Covid-19 Kills Only Old People.’ Only?

https://www.nextavenue.org/defeating-pandemic-confronting-ageism-ableism/?fbclid=IwAR2weQtrPsigWkUPVxqj3U8E84Xms1KlArj7Lf7Yv6EfdUAcaWgcbhM7Srs

https://www.wsj.com/articles/rationing-care-is-a-surrender-to-death-11585262558?fbclid=IwAR3nC8rSldnsN-uDTW_HvuYdIxzGn7K3z_UvLYdE5Pr9YkpVcieB3za4GyI

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/28/823254597/hhs-warns-states-not-to-put-people-with-disabilities-at-the-back-of-the-line-for?fbclid=IwAR0SUU4bGahPtFtO7zaoH57CUWt1N20KUMAqFh1pEuVXeDuyPoD61gaRTeM

https://news.yahoo.com/ventilators-limited-disabled-rationing-plans-183400260.html?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=fb

 

Long-Term Care Facilities

Disabled people and seniors living in facilities such as nursing homes, board and cares, assisted living, and other facilities are at high risk of illness and death from COVID-19. SDA is working with California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) and others to secure protections, testing, and good treatment for residents and workers in long-term care facilities.

Learn more in this article about the national crisis in LTC facilities.

SDA letter to the City and County of San Francisco

CANHR’s Emergency Action Plan

Thank you to the San Jose Mercury News Editorial Board for opposing the state proposal to grant immunity to nursing homes who fail to protect their residents.