National Advance Care Planning Day


April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day! Have you had an Advance Care Planning conversation? If not, do you know what Advance Care Planning entails and how it applies to you?


Advanced Care Planning conversations are conversations that provide a resident, their family and caregivers an opportunity to consider what medical and social care a person would prefer, or refuse, during a time of crisis or end-of-life. These conversations and planning sessions provide a holistic view of the needs and wishes of a person during end-of-life care and should help to define the person’s personal desires regarding their end-of-life experience. These conversations help to facilitate conversation, provide direction and reflects a person’s wishes. 


Many individuals have difficulty thinking about their end-of-life wishes and therefore don’t have conversations about advance care planning. With National Advance Care Planning Day fast approaching, we are encouraging residents in Waterloo Wellington to have discussions that will inform their substitute decision maker about their wishes for end-of-life care.


To support local residents with the resources needed to have these important conversations, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board of Directors approved a three year investment of $1.2 million in 2015 for Hospice of Waterloo Region to develop Advance Care Planning Waterloo Wellington (ACPWW). The locally lead initiative is aimed at engaging residents and health service providers in the importance of advance care planning and providing important resources that will assist residents in identifying their substitute decision marker and sharing their end-of-life wishes with their families.


Interested in learning more? These local resources will help you understand the process:


Visit or contact Program Lead, Sheli O’Connor ( for more information.