When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a life limiting illness, it is so important to plan ahead. Advance care planning is a process of reflection and communication, a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let others know your future health and personal care preferences in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care.
Advance care planning means having discussions with family and friends, especially your Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak for you when you cannot. It may also include writing down your wishes, and may even involve talking with healthcare providers and financial and legal professionals. You may never need your advance care plan – but if you do, you’ll be glad that it’s there and that you have had these conversations, to make sure that yourvoice is heard when you cannot speak for yourself.
For information, tools and resources for your advance care plan go to www.advancecareplanning.ca.
Ontario Resources:Advance Care Planning Workbook - Ontario Version. The workbook has been adapted to the Ontario legal framework
Advance Care Planning In Relation to Health Care Consent: Training Materials
Ontario Attorney General Resources Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat – A Guide to Advance Care Planning
Community Legal Education Ontario - Power of Attorney for Personal Care
Cancer Care Ontario – Advance Care Planning with Cancer Patients