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Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is a conversation about end-of-life care.

Why should I prepare an Advance Care Plan?
Advance care planning is not only for seniors or people with terminal illness. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make decisions about your health care. Everyone should prepare for end-of-life care because we can never know what the future may hold; accidents and terminal illnesses can, and do, occur suddenly.  

Have a conversation with your loved ones regarding your wishes for health care treatment before something happens.  

What is an Advance Care Plan?
An Advance Care Plan is a record of your health and personal care preferences that is made while you are capable of providing consent to health care treatment or other care.

How do I make an Advance Care Plan?
The Advance Care Planning Workbook [PDF | 656 KB] can help you through the advance care planning process. It includes:

  • questions to help you think about the values and beliefs that influence your choice of health care options;
  • definitions of medical terms you will need to know to make informed decisions about your health care options; and
  • other information that may be useful in communicating with your health care team and family.

An Advance Care Plan can also include appointing a health care proxy to make health care decisions for you. You can do this by completing a Health Care Directive [PDF | 185 KB], to set out your wishes, and a Power of Attorney to provide for your financial affairs.

What else can I do?
Fill out and carry with you an advance care planning Wallet Card [PDF | 352 KB] to let others know that you have an Advance Care Plan and who can be contacted on your behalf in case of a medical emergency, if needed.

Can I change my Advance Care Plan later?
You are not locked into your plan. Your wishes for health care treatment may change over time or in response to your health condition. You can change your Advance Care Plan at any time. If you do update your plan, remember to advise your friends, family and health care providers so they know what your new goals of care are.

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