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What COVID-19 Standards of Care Means for Families

In response to input received from Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio Department of Medicaid collaborated to create this guidance about standards of care for vulnerable populations in hospital settings.

Guidance: COVID-19 Standards of Care for Vulnerable Populations

DODD has also developed family-specific guidance to explain this information.

Going to the hospital for needed care can be a stressful event for people with disabilities and families during any visit. During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and state of emergency, families could be even more anxious about a visit. Here is what you can expect when visiting hospitals and medical facilities during COVID-19.

Before going to get care, it is a good idea to be prepared for your visit. Below are resources to help ensure care providers are familiar with the needs of the person, particularly if you were to be separated.

When visiting hospitals for medical care, you may have concerns about getting fair and equal care, as well as knowing what people’s rights are when receiving care. Below are some resources about making sure you get appropriate and fair care, and that your rights are honored.