Advanced Care Planning is the process that helps you prepare for your future health care at any age of your life. It’s about thinking about what matters to you (your values, goals, traditional practices and health care wishes) and sharing it with your family, loved ones and health care providers. It's also about deciding who will speak for you if you can't speak for yourself; called a substitute decision-maker. Advance Care Planning is one way to be prepared for the unexpected and ensures the care you receive is consistent with what matters to you.
The goal of advance care planning is to help ensure you receive health care that is consistent with your values, goals and preferences. Advance Care Planning includes 5 main steps:
Finally, remember that you will need to review your Advance Care Plan when there are changes to your health and wellness. Refer to Your Care, Your Choices for more information.
Your Care, Your Choices is a full guide to learning about Advance Care Planning in BC.
The guide was adapted with input from various BC First Nations people and health care providers. It includes personal stories, information about substitute decision makers, and medical care options. There are workbook-style pages for you to record your decisions as well as copies of provincial legal forms.
You can complete the online fillable version or request a print copy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Created by Indigenous peoples across Canada for Indigenous people. The Coming Full Circle booklet helps to organize your thoughts about Advance Care Planning and guide discussions with family, friends or healthcare providers. It includes thinking questions, suggestions on how to choose a substitute decision-maker and ways to talk with families and healthcare providers to make wishes known.
Download a fillable version here.
My Journey into Advance Care Planning (personal story and
update from Fancy C. Poitras, Senior Policy Analyst at FNHA)
Advance Care Planning can be viewed as a living will – which is difficult for many people to talk about – but it is really about trying to uphold a person's dignity and wishes as they experience illness or journey to the Spirit World.
Advance Care Planning: Talking to Your Community (Speak Up Canada video)
Preparing for a Serious Illness Conversation: A Guide for Health Care Providers (for the SIC-adapted) (FNHA & BC Centre for Palliative Care Guide)
Serious Illness Conversation Guide - Adapted Version - Video about using the Serious Illness Conversation Guide (FNHA & BC Centre for Palliative Care)