Advance Care Planning:
Having the talk about your care, your wishes
Advance Care Planning helps individuals and their loved ones prepare for situations where difficult decisions need to be made. It can be hard to have these conversations with your family or friends, but they prove to be helpful in times of need.
Our Early Resource Nurses are here to act as a resource and can help you understand your care options at any time. They can connect you with services and provide you with information about advance care planning and end-of-life planning.
Are you feeling uncertain during these difficult times? It’s normal to have anxiety and feel helpless during COVID-19. You may be concerned about your health, your finances, your loved ones, & your future. Give your family & friends certainty during these uncertain times. Consider the care you want and communicate your wishes to your loved ones. Your care. Your Wishes. Below are multiple sets of resources and tools that will help answer any questions you or your loved ones may have.
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Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning is about preparing you, and your future substitute decision maker(s)(SDM’s), for a time when you may not be able to make your own health or personal care decisions because of your lack of mental capacity. At that time, your future SDM(s) would step in to make decisions on your behalf.
Speak Up: 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 COVID-19 tools and resources to help Health Care Providers initiate and build on these conversations.
There are many confusing terms about advance care planning. The Talk is simply another resource to help you understand advance care planning. It also gives you ideas on how to start sharing your health and personal care wishes. The My Wishes Card is a way to record these conversations and wishes.
Speak Up: Individuals & Families
With all the activity happening around COVID-19, it is important to acknowledge that our health can change without warning. You never know when someone will have to speak for you. In Ontario, there are specific laws about when and who can make health care decisions on your behalf.