By providing your loved ones with direction, guidance and the confidence that the decisions they are making are the right ones, advanced care planning eases the stress associated with dying.
“Advanced care planning provides an opportunity to have honest discussion that can provide your loved ones, as well as your health care providers, with clarity and understanding about your end-of-life wishes,” explained Registered Nurse (RN) Christie Anderson, a Palliative Care Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).
A health care directive is a record of your wishes about medical treatment or care and identifies a proxy (substitute decision-maker) who will speak for you when you cannot speak for yourself. It can be completed at any time, though it is not recommended to wait for a health crisis to get started. In addition to providing guidance and relevant, up-to-date information about your end-of-life wishes, it can also provide your loved ones with direction on funerals, memorials, locations, cremations and burial.
For help with advanced care planning, visit
www.advancecareplanning.ca where you will be guided through interactive workbooks to create a free plan that can be downloaded and shared with those you love.