Advance care planning is a process of reflection and communication that can take place across your lifespan. It is a time for you to reflect on your beliefs, values, and wishes. It is a time to let others know your health care and personal preferences if you are ever unable to speak for yourself.
Advance care planning means having discussions with family and friends, as well as your health care, financial, and legal professionals. It may also include writing down your wishes and naming a designated ‘Representative’ as someone you choose to be your spokesperson in a time of need. This is some of what advance care planning is all about.
Beginning in 2013, hospices across Vancouver Island are partnering with individuals and organizations to help start the conversation about advance care planning and, where advance care plans already exist, to encourage individuals and families to review and further clarify their wishes. Conversations can provide a shared understanding of what matters most to you and your loved ones. Having one conversation can make all the difference.
We invite you to have ‘the talk’ with your loved ones…using this web site as a tool to help you on your journey.