General News · 29th January 2014
Advance Care Planning
Have you had “The Talk”??
Have you talked with your family and loved ones about the kind of health care treatments you would or would not want to receive if you were unable to speak for yourself?
Consider if you were suddenly rushed to the hospital and were not able to decide for yourself or speak for yourself. Have you have made some decisions about the treatments you would consent to if you were gravely ill or injured, have you let your family and physician know what they are? Have you written it down.
Lots of us have thought about what we want, some have talked to family, but many have no written paper work and have not discussed anything with their physician or caregivers . These plans are best made when you are clear minded, healthy, and enjoying life rather than waiting too late!
BC allows individuals to make an ADVANCE DIRECTIVE which allows a person to decide, while they are capable, about what treatments they will consent to or not consent to in the future. We can also designate who will make health care decisions for us when we are unable to do so ourselves (a HEALTH CARE REPRESENTATIVE). Both of these documents are part of a process called ADVANCE CARE PLANNING.
If you would like more information about ADVANCE CARE PLANNING, please join us Thursday, February 13 at 1:00-3:00 PM in the Pioneer Room , Manson’s Hall. If you would like more information about what will be covered, please call Bernice McGowan, RN at 250 935-6405.
All ages welcome.
Presentation offered in conjuction with Campbell River Hospice, and Seniors Helping Seniors