What is Advance Care Planning?
Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of thinking about and discussing your wishes for future health and personal care decisions. It is preparing for a time when you are unable to make those decisions for yourself. Advance Care Planning is important for everyone; even young, healthy people can suddenly become sick.
Advance Care Planning includes:
- thinking about what is important to you
- choosing who will make decisions for you if you cannot
- sharing your wishes regarding treatments, living situations, etc.
- legal decisions, like assigning a Power of Attorney, creating a will or deciding on organ donation
Here are some resources to get you started:
- Speak Up! (pamphlets on the table in the waiting room) – www.advancecareplanning.ca
- Ontario’s Doctors, Ontario Medical Association – www.ontariosdoctors.com/end-of-life-planning-care/
- Your Health Care Team!
We at the Family Health Team would like to support you through the ACP process.
We can meet with you and your family to help with
- understanding advance care planning
- explaining medical information, including diagnoses and treatments
- linking you to community resources and supports
- Keep your advance care plan in a safe place
- Revisit your ACP whenever your life or health changes. Change it if your wishes have changed.
- Share an up to date written copy of your advance care plan with your health care team and the people who are important to you.
Last updated on: January 9th, 2017