Advance Care Planning
Action Plan Commitment: Advance care planning information and tools to help you prepare for your future health care needs will be available online and through your local health authority by April 2012.
What does this mean for me?
Having a voice in decisions about your future health care treatment is important. There may come a time when, due to illness or injury, you are not capable of expressing your wishes for your health care treatment to your health care providers. When you have conversations with loved ones about your wishes for health care in advance of being incapable, and then document your wishes, you are making an advance care plan. Making and sharing your advance care plan ensures that your family or friends and health care provider(s) will know the health care treatments that you would accept or refuse if you were capable of deciding for yourself. When someone else is asked to make a health care decision for you, the law requires that person to respect your known wishes.
Advance care planning information and tools are now available online, and through your local health authority, to help you to prepare for your future health care needs.
For advance care planning information, brochures, videos and the advance care planning guide, see:
If you need help finding the guide, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1.