Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to think and talk about your beliefs, values and wishes, and to let people know what is important to you for future healthcare decisions if you were unable to speak for yourself.
It means starting conversations with family and friends, and appointing a Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. Advance Care Planning includes writing down your wishes and informing your healthcare providers of your plan.
Living well also means planning well and Advance Care Planning is an important component of everyone’s overall life planning. Having an advance care plan is a gift you give to yourself and everyone who is important in your life.
Be brave and start a conversation that matters!
Don’t delay in starting your conversations – be curious and consider what is important to you as your healthcare needs change. Advance Care Planning is a simple three step process that includes:
About your values, beliefs and wishes then decide what matters most!
With people you trust and appoint a Substitute Decision Maker.
Prepare and continually share your advance care plan with those who matter most to you!