Having a voice in decisions about your health care treatment is important. There may come a time when, due to illness or injury, you are incapable of expressing your treatment wishes to health care providers. By planning in advance, you can be sure that your family, friends and/or health care providers know your wishes, and can ensure these wishes are followed.
Advance care planning is about having conversations with your close family, friends and health care provider(s) so that they know the health care treatment you wish to have, or refuse, if you become incapable of expressing your own decisions.
Writing down your beliefs, values and wishes for future health care is an advance care plan. Your advance care plan may also include additional legal documents.
From: My Voice – Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2013/MyVoice-AdvanceCarePlanningGuide.pdf
I will be offering a presentation and discussion session about Advance Care Planning in March, date TBA depending on interest. (Possible dates are Mar 7 or 8, Mar 14 or 15 or Mar 22.)
As this will be at the Health Centre it will be a small group and I can do more than one session if there is enough interest. This session is sponsored by the Hospice Society of Campbell River.
Please Note: This is not about wills or financial Power of Attorney and these topics will not be covered.
Please email or phone me for more information and let me know which of the above dates could work for you.
Bernice McGowan 250-935-6405