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