April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day - Let's Start the Conversation
You never know what’s around the corner. You may be healthy one day, and the next an accident or illness could happen. If you are not able to communicate with others about the health care you would wish or refuse, someone else will be asked to decide for you.
It’s important for all of us to consider our wishes for future health care. When you talk about or write down your wishes or instructions for future health care, you are making an advance care plan. An advance care plan is a summary of your beliefs, values and wishes that must be respected when future decisions are made for you.
THINK: the health care you would want to receive if you became ill and could not speak for yourself
TALK: to your loved ones and health care providers about your wishes before a health care crisis
SHARE: your wishes in an advance care plan
For more information on Advance Care Planning, including a link to the ‘My Voice’ workbook for British Columbians, go to www.gov.bc.ca/advancecare
For more information on Advance Care Planning at Providence Health Care, visit our Advance Care Planning webpage
Dr. Michael O'Shaughnessy