Advance Care Planning is a two-step process that should be completed when healthy. It includes:

  • Confirming your Substitute Decision Maker, and
  • Discussing your wishes, values, and beliefs with your Substitute Decision Maker.

Advance care planning means having discussions with family and friends, especially your Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak for you when you cannot. It’s about conversations about your values, beliefs and wishes to help guide your care if you were incapable of speaking for yourself.

In a time of crisis, these conversations are a gift to make sure your voice is heard when you cannot speak for yourself.

Why plan for your care?

Life can take many twists and turns. Imagine:

One day, without any warning, you find yourself in a hospital with a life-threatening illness. You are unable to speak for yourself – you do not recognize your family or friends.

“If time were limited, what would be most important for you?”

Who do you want to make decisions for you? Does that person know what gives your life quality? It’s an ongoing conversation that you have with the person who will represent you if you cannot speak for yourself.

It’s a way to give your loved ones the confidence to make decisions during a difficult time. It’s how we care for each other.

The choices you make about care – for yourself and others – are important. Make sure that your voice is heard.

For further information or to request a presentation on Advance Care Planning, please contact us or request a speaker.

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Please enjoy the following video courteous of Speak Up Canada

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Advance care planning is for everyone! In this short video, we see a conversation between Walter Gretzky, his daughter Kim, and grandson Nathan. Walter talks about his experience with Advance Care Planning and how it helped his family members know about his wishes and values. His family calls on us all to give it a shot and start conversations about our wishes with our loved ones.