Advance Care Planning

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Advance care planning is how you discuss, plan and document your wishes for the health care you want to receive now and in the future.

It is for every adult at any stage of life. Read the life journey stories at the bottom of the pages in this section to get a sense of opportune moments for these conversations.

Advance care planning is especially important for people with health issues, but is best done when people are in good health.

It is never too early to begin the process, and so long as you are able to speak for yourself it is never too late.

In this section

Why Do Advance Care Planning?

If you are too sick or injured to speak for yourself, advance care planning allows your wishes to be known.

How To Begin Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning involves thinking about your future care, discussing wishes with family and friends, writing your decisions down, and storing these documents in a place where people can easily find them.

Personal Directive

A personal directive is a legal document that records who you want to make decisions for you if you are unable. It only comes into effect if you’re too sick or injured to make decisions for yourself.

Goals of Care Designation Order

A goals of care designation order is a document that provides medical instructions to your health care team on how you wish to be cared for, in the event that you are unable to tell them yourself. It specifies the level of care that best aligns with your wishes, values and medical situation.

Green Sleeve and Tracking Record

A green sleeve is a green plastic folder that holds your advance care planning forms and other important health care documents. A tracking record is a form your medical team uses to track conversations and decisions about your advance care plan.

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Important family get-together?

Hi, my name is Leah, and my husband and I are getting ready to have a traditional celebration.

Our kids ask great questions about their heritage, including questions about their great-grandparents' lives before coming to Canada. This brought to mind how unexpected things can happen at any time, and how important it is to plan for unknown futures.

Why Do Advance Care Planning?