Advance Care Planning and Personal Directives
Who would speak for you if you couldn't speak for yourself?
Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication, a time to reflect on our values and wishes, and to let others know our preferences for 'future' health care treatments. An important part of advance care planning is choosing a designated Substitute Decision Maker, someone who can speak for you when you cannot. It may also include writing down your wishes, and talking with healthcare providers and financial and legal professionals.
Learn more about Advance Care Planning:
- Visit the Speak Up website for advance care planning workbooks, videos, wallet cards, conversation starters and more
- Download a sample Personal Directive (also commonly known as a Living Will)
CANHELP Questionnaire - are you an elderly patient with concerns about the quality of care you are receiving, or a family member/ caregiver having trouble communicating with the health team? Our CANHELP Questionnaire is a tool that can help you communicate your concerns to your health care professionals.
Confused about CPR and what it can or can't do for you? Our CPR Decision Aid can help!
Medical Terms - our Glossary can help you better understand medical terms
Our Research projects - learn what CARENET researchers are doing to better understand and improve palliative and end-of-life care
News - read recent news about end-of-life issues, research and activities
Perspectives & Personal Stories - do you have a palliative or end-of-life story? Share your story with us - and read about experiences from other Canadians.