Advance Care Planning

How you want to be cared for during times of serious illness and how you want to die is too important to be left to chance. Let Advance Care Planning (ACP) be a gift to those you love.

Why Advance Care Planning Matters

There are many reasons to consider creating a thorough, thoughtful plan:

  • It ensures you are cared for in the way you want and are comfortable with, when you can’t speak for yourself
  • It helps to decrease caregiver distress and trauma
  • It can decrease unwanted medical investigations, interventions and treatments
  • It increase the chances that you will receive earlier palliative care involvement and die in your preferred setting

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication about your wishes, values and beliefs for your own health and wellness. It identifies the person who will be making decisions about your personal care if you are not able to. It helps ensure that you share information that is important to you is known to others so they can act on your behalf, if needed.

Advance Care Planning is free and doesn’t require any special resources to complete.

Anyone can do it at any time.

When Should I do Advance Care Planning?

The time to start is NOW!

Advance care planning is not just for individuals facing a life-threatening illness or for those in older age. It is something everyone should be doing.

The reality is, something can happen at any time. You want to be prepared. You want to feel confidant knowing the people who will be speaking for you know what you want.

Thinking about illness and death will not prevent illness and death. However, you can exercise some control over the way you are cared for if you are not able to care for yourself. 

To learn more please watch this video.

Palliative Care in Dufferin-Caledon

To learn about Palliative care, please watch this video.

For more information on palliative care,
please contact:

Bethell Hospice
15835 McLaughlin Road
Inglewood, ON  L7C 1H4

Phone: 905-838-3534
Fax: 905-838-0302


Hospice Dufferin

30 Centre St.
Orangeville ON  L9W 2X1

Phone: 519-942-3313


Home and Community Care

100 Rolling Hills Drive, Room E1512
Orangeville, L9W 4X9

1-888-733-1177 or 310-2222


Medical Assistance in Dying

To learn about Medical Assistance in Dying, please watch this video.