APRIL 16, 2016 ADVANCED CARE PLANNING DAY ACROSS CANADA
BE A CHAMPION FOR THE CAUSE!
Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let people know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself.
It means having discussions with family and friends, especially your Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. It may also include writing down your wishes, and talking with healthcare providers and financial or legal professionals (All credits to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, – Speaking Up Campaign).
THIS IMPACTS EVERYONE!
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association has a five-year plan with a primary goal to raise the awareness of Canadians about the importance of advance care planning and to equip them with the tools they need to effectively engage in the process.
OUR CHALLENGE TO YOU!
Now here is where you and your families can become Champions for the Cause!
Click on the following link (Ontario Version): Advance Care Planning Quick Guide and Workbook
Speak Up! Start the conversation with your partner/spouse/parent or adult children about end-of-life care and Substitute Decision Making. Once the conversation happens, start on the workbook and make sure you put it in a safe place and your Substitute Decision Maker knows where to locate it. Know that there is a lot of additional information to assist you along the way.
Take a look at the following links:
Share this information with your friends, email contacts, friends and Facebook friends. Since you have completed your challenge, why not help others around you to “Start the Conversation”.
Write to us at [email protected] and tell us how you “Started the Conversation” and how it went by April 30, 2016. We want to share your stories on social media to show others how it can be done.
Go out there and Speak Up!
Your Near North Palliative Care Team
For more information about our services, call us: (705) 497-9239 – 1-800-287-9441
You can also fill our online Client Services Referral Form.