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. 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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How do I break the ice and start talking?
Some easy questions to start with your family, including your children. Advance care planning can start at anytime - whether your just starting a family, or you have great-great-great-grandchildren!
How Well Do You Know Me is a playful card based game to test your loved ones knowledge. Sit with your loved ones or your substitute decision maker and ask any of the 10 questions that are provided in this not-so-trivial pursuit of clarifying your wishes and values for your future care.
Conversations around Advance Care Planning will help to confirm and communicate what quality of life means to you, what values and wishes inform your health care decisions to ensure yours Substitute Decision Maker can make future health care decision for you if you can't .
Go Wish gives you an easy way to talk about what is most important. The cards help you find words to talk about what is important if you were to be living a life that may be shortened by. Playing the game with those you love can help you learn how you can best comfort them when they need you most.
Now I'm ready to start planning - give me the tools!
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.
The Ontario Caregiver Organization
Ontario caregivers remain the backbone of our healthcare system. In so many ways, the pandemic has had an immeasurable impact on close family members and friends who are providing care and additional support. Yet, caregivers often remain invisible as they face vulnerabilities and challenges.