Collaborative Care Algoma is a team of Registered Nurses who offer support and education at no cost to our community members, healthcare partners, patients and their families. 

What is Advance Care Planning?

  • Identifying and confirming your substitute decision-maker(s) (SDMs) - the person(s) responsible for making health and personal care decisions on your behalf if you become mentally incapable of doing so for yourself. 

  • Communicating your values and beliefs to your SDM(s) - this helps to prepare your SDM(s) to make future health and personal care decisions that align with your expressed wishes.

The ACP conversation is not about specific healthcare decisions or treatments, it’s about sharing an understanding of what matters to you to inform future healthcare decisions if you become mentally incapable of making these decisions for yourself.


If you wish to refer to one of our Early Resource Nurses, please fill out this form. It is never too early to start these conversations - Life Happens - Be Ready!

Here is how we can support you: 

  • Facilitate Advance Care Planning conversations to help you explore what is important to you - sharing your values, beliefs, and discussing what brings meaning to your life.

  • Provide education and presentations on advance care planning, goals of care discussions, the palliative approach to care, and end-of-life planning

  • Assist you with navigating the healthcare system

  • Explore end-of-life planning

We would love to hear from you!!


Tracy Byron

P: 705.942.8348



Alisha Kreutzweiser

P: 705.942.8348


Wondering how to start talking about Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning is about sharing what’s important to you. Oftentimes ACP is not explored early enough in life, leading to anxiety or regret in the event of a sudden health incident. Tara Shannon's 'SAY' video speaks to the importance of Advance Care Planning in Canada.

The lyrics encourage people to have important conversations with their Substitute Decision Maker(s). 

This document serves to guide you in exploring your wishes for health and personal care to support you and your Substitute Decision Maker(s) for future decision-making when you are no longer mentally capable.

Sometimes we need a little help knowing how to start talking to our family or SDM about the future.


Information for Individuals & Families

Advance Care Planning is about preparing you and your Substitute Decision Maker(s) for a time when you may not be able to make your own health or personal care decisions.  At that time, your SDM(s) would step in to make decisions on your behalf.

Information for Health Care Providers

It is important to recognize the growing need for Advance Care Planning (ACP), Goals of Care (GoC), and Person Centered Decision Making (PCDM). Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) has developed tools and resources to help Health Care Providers initiate and build on these conversations.