Advance Care Planning: What You Need To Know
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Advance Care Planning is the process a capable adult follows to ensure that their beliefs, values, and wishes for future healthcare are known in the event that they are incapable of making the necessary decisions when they are required.
You need to know that it may not be enough just to tell your family what your wishes are for your medical care. You can choose the kind of treatment you get and refuse any treatment that you do not want. If you have not already made a decision about your healthcare at the end of your life, now is the time to do so.
The Ministry of Health encourages all capable adults in BC to do advance care planning and take the further step of documenting their wishes and instructions. A guide, “My Voice: Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment,” is available to assist in this planning.
Additional Information and resources:
- Vancouver Island Advance Care Planning
- Government of BC introductory brochure on Advance Care Planning
- Advance Care Planning in Canada
- Vancouver Island Health Authority Advance Care Planning
- LGBT End-of-Life Conversations
- A Government of BC 12-minute video called “Advance Care Planning in BC” can be viewed below: