On behalf of the Disability Emergency Management Advisory Council, the following information from Oregon Health Authority, in response to COVID-19, is being shared broadly to educate individuals with disabilities regarding their right to have a support person of their choosing physically or emotionally assist them or ensure effective communication with them, while hospitalized. A hospital support person is a family member, guardian, personal care assistant or other paid or unpaid attendant the patient selects.
Oregon Health Authority offers the attached flyer about Hospital Support Persons (see PDF and TXT versions). The flyer may also be accessed at
https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le3847.pdf For access to the flyer in alternate languages, please contact COVID19 [dot] LanguageAccess [at] dhsoha [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us.
In addition, a more detailed fact sheet is available at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PROVIDERPARTNERRESOURCES/HEALTHCAREPROVIDERSFACILITIES/HEALTHCAREHEALTHCAREREGULATIONQUALITYIMPROVEMENT/Documents/HOSPITALSB1606FactSheet.pdf
Submitted by Chad Ludwig