April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day
An Advanced Care Plan (ACP) is a plan that provides the 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. This plan is more than a single document; it is an holistic view of the needs and wishes of a person during end of life care and should help to define the persons’ personal desires regarding their end of life. An ACP helps to facilitate conversation, provide direction and reflects a person’s wishes.
Many residents have difficulty thinking about their end-of-life wishes and therefore they do not have conversations about advance care planning. With more information, residents of Waterloo Wellington could have discussions that will inform their substitute decision maker about their wishes for end-of-life care.
In February 2015, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) Board of Directors approved an investment of $1.2 million over 3 years to Hospice of Waterloo Region to enhance the quality of care and the patient/family experience at end-of-life through improved Advance Care Planning for residents of Waterloo Wellington.
Under this three-year project, standardized ACP protocols, language, and forms that are used by health care practitioners will be consistent with Ontario legislation and will be promoted to ensure the same practices are used and communicated across the continuum of care.
“We are very excited about this project. It will offer our community information they need to decide about their end-of-life care. We know that we need to also engage other community stakeholder groups such as legal, insurance and financial to build their knowledge and contribution to promoting Advance Care Planning,” says Judy Nairn, Executive Director of Waterloo Hospice.
Interested in building your own advance care plan?
This video, from advancecareplanning.ca shows the 5 steps to building and advance care plan.
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