MY VOICE - Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment (PDF)

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BC Government - Advance Care Planning - Making Future Health Care Decisions
Advance care planning begins by thinking about your beliefs, values and wishes regarding future health care treatment. It is about having conversations with your close family, friends and health care provider(s) so that they know the health care treatment you would agree to, or refuse, if you become incapable of expressing your own decisions. Steps to creating your Advance Care Plan are highlighted in this link.

HealthLinkBC – Advance Care Plan – What to include
An advance care plan is a summary of the kinds of health care you do or don't want to have if something happens to you and you can't make health care decisions for yourself. It tells your family and your doctor what to do if you're badly hurt or have a serious illness that keeps you from deciding what you want. An advance care plan also lets you appoint somebody (such as a family member or friend) to make health care decisions for you if you can't make them for yourself. This designated person is called a substitute decision-maker, or a health care representative, agent, or proxy. It may be hard to know what to include in your advance care plan. Take your time, and use the questions provided to help you get started.

Vancouver Island Health Authority
VIHA resources on advance care planning.

Health Care Providers Guide to Consent to Health Care
In recent years the laws surrounding consent to health care have become more formal and more technical. This is largely due to the desire to increase self-determination in the making of health care decisions. For health care providers this means providing enough information so that adults or their substitute decision makers can make informed decisions about consenting to or refusing treatment. For adults this means finding ways to express their wishes in advance so that if they become incapable, their wishes will be respected and followed. This Guide is designed to help health care providers understand the basic legal requirements for securing a valid consent (or refusal) for a proposed course of health care treatment for an adult in British Columbia, as of September 1, 2011.

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association: Speak Up
National resources to help ‘Start the Conversation about End of Life Care’.

Speak Up – Start the Conversation about end-of-life: Advance Care Planning Workbook
In case of a serious illness or injury, there are a number of medical procedures called interventions, which can prolong life and delay death. It is important to think about your wishes for these types of medical procedures. You may also have other wishes related to your care at the end of life – such as specific spiritual rituals you may want to have performed, or having music playing. As a starting point you may begin to document what your wishes are for care at the end of your life. The Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Advance Care Planning Workbook is a good place to begin to address some of the questions that may arise. Look at pages 14 to 16 and the Word List on pages 9 and 10, as a helpful way to begin to document your wishes.

Consider the Conversation
Released in 2011, Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject is an intimate story about the American struggle with communication and preparation for life's end. It contains the perspectives of patients, family members, doctors, nurses, social workers, clergy and national experts from around the country. The goal of this film is to inspire dialogue between patient and doctor, husband and wife, minister and parishioner, parent and child.

The Canadian documentary Griefwalker introduces Stephen Jenkinson, the leader of a palliative care counselling team at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital. Through his daytime job, he has been at the deathbed of well over 1,000 people. What he sees over and over, he says, is "a wretched anxiety and an existential terror" even when there is no pain. He has made it his life's mission to change the way we die - to turn the act of dying from denial and resistance into an essential part of life.

Five Wishes
Five Wishes is changing the way America talks about and plans for care at the end of life. Five Wishes has become America’s most popular living will because it is written in everyday language, and helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness.

Best Endings
Online blog for those who want to talk about end of life issues.

Engage with Grace
Engage With Grace: The One Slide Project was designed with one simple goal: to help get the conversation about end of life experience started. The idea is simple: Create a tool to help get people talking, One Slide, with just five questions on it. These Five questions are designed to help get people talking about their preferences.

In My Time of Dying
A documentary project from KBTC Public Television, In My Time of Dying explores the way we approach the end of life in America, and brings together diverse voices to ask new questions, and challenge old notions. Interviews with medical experts and spiritual leaders are woven together with intimate portraits of people facing imminent death.

On My Way to the Funeral Parlour: A Guide to Living and Dying in BC by L. E. Wright
A guide to help you find out what you need to do to ensure your health care desires, and your financial concerns are legally stated, so they can be carried out according to your wishes.

Before I Die...
Before I Die... is an interactive public art project that invites people to share their hopes and dreams in public space.

No CPR British Columbia - Free MedicAlert® Membership & No CPR Bracelet
The No Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (No CPR) program is a cooperative effort between Canadian MedicAlert® Foundation, Emergency and Health Services Commission - British Columbia Ambulance Service, Ministry of Health Services, and British Columbia Medical Association.

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