Advance Care Planning

What is Advance Care Planning?

In 2011, BC passed legislation which allows you to create a formal record of your wishes about the kind of medical care you’d like to receive if you can't speak for yourself, especially toward the end of life. It also allows you to appoint someone to work with health care providers to make sure your wishes are respected. Bulkley Valley Hospice Society volunteers are available to provide workshops that outline a process for discussing and documenting those wishes. Workshops can be geared toward the general public or toward organizations seeking professional development for their employees or information for their clients.

Creating an advance care plan benefits people in three ways:

  1. First, you’re prepared if faced with a medical emergency or as you approach the end of life. When you’re asked to choose what treatments or emergency measures you want or don’t want, you won’t be caught off guard.
  2. Second, if you’re not able to speak for yourself, your plan will help guide your family and health care providers in making those choices for you.
  3. Finally, think of it as a gift to your loved ones. As well as helping them make hard decisions for you while you’re still alive, their grieving process will be easier after you’re gone if they know they’ve done what you wanted.

For more information or to find out about hosting a one- to two-hour Advance Care Planning workshop, contact  Bonnie Lear at 250-846-5166.

Resources

Information about ACP can be found in the Ministry of Health Services Advance Care Planning guide, My Voice: Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment. Northern Health also has Advance Care Planning resources.

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