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Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let people know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself.
It means having discussions with family and friends, especially your Substitute Decision Maker - the person who will speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. It may also include talking with healthcare providers and financial or legal professionals.
Start the Conversation today at Making My Wishes Known.
- Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
- Advance Care Planning Conversations: HPCO Practical Guide to Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning in Ontario
- Advance Care Planning Workbooks and Quick Guides
- Advance Care Planning: First Nations Resources
- Person Centred Decision Making (PCDM): Advance Care Planning, Goals of Care Discussion and Health Care Consent Tool Kit
- Person-Centred Decision Making: Resource for healthcare providers (Ontario Palliative Care Network)
- Attorney General Resources
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): A healthcare decision aid for patients and their substitute decision-makers (SDMs)
- Community Legal Education
- Consent & Capacity Board
- Conversation Guide for End of Life Care in Long Term Care
- Conversation Guide for End of LIfe Care for Health Care Aids (PSW)
- Goals of Care Conversation Guide for Health Care Aides in LTC (Island Health)
- Living My Culture
- Making Decisions About Your Care (Ontario Palliative Care Network)
- Making My Wishes Known
- My Substitute Decision Maker (SDM)
- Power of Attorney Kit
- Speak up Ontario
- Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Deactivation - Patient Guide
To assist you and your family with conversations regarding Advance Care Planning and Substitute Decision Making we offer quick-guides in multiple languages for you to download:
Advance Care Planning Brochure
Substitute Decision Making Brochure
NOTE: These quick-guides include guidelines designed to assist patients/residents and their substitute decision-makers to explore advance care planning. The quick-guides do NOT cover every option available in the applicable legislations. It is not meant to be legal advice. Some legal terminology in the statute has been described here in simpler words to make it easier to understand.