My Advance Care Plan
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Listen to a 30-minute Facebook Live conversation with End-of-Life Planning Facilitator Michael Williams, Health Care Consultant Sandra Andreychuk, and Interim Director of the Bob Kemp Hospice Danielle Zucchet talk about the importance of Advance Care Planning.
The Advance Directive is an important part of Advance Care Planning (ACP). It is a document that describes your wishes regarding the type of medical treatment and care you would want (or not want) in your final days. Again, it is important that you speak with your doctor as well as your partner and family so they are aware of your wishes. This helps to alleviate any confusion that may arise when the time comes.
While doctors and other health care professionals will do everything they can to keep you alive, it is useful for them to know what your wishes are regarding particular medical treatments or interventions. This doesn't mean that the Advance Directive will dictate how the professionals treat you but it does give them an insight into your values and thinking about the matter. In any event, they will always, where possible, consult with you and/or anyone designated to speak on your behalf.
An Advance Directive is often accompanied by a statement of your values and beliefs. This statement provides context for your Advance Directive and indicates that you have thought through the implications in a rational manner. I recommend that you file the Advance Directive with your doctor and keep a copy handy where it can be easily found (i.e. posted on your fridge or other public space) in the house. Your Advance Directive may also be accompanied by a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate form) or, a in the USA, a POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). Advance Directives can also be as detailed as you wish. Some invite your thoughts on treatment regarding various kinds of illnesses including cancer and dementia. NOTE: You cannot request a medically-assisted death in an Advance Directive.
If you are interested in learning more about Advance Directives and receiving support in completing one, contact me for a no-obligation consultation.
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