Advance care planning helps people prepare for the unexpected. Many of us will at some point in our lives be incapable of making health care, personal care, financial, or legal decisions. Being prepared allows your beliefs, values, and wishes to be represented and respected when you are incapable. Being prepared also reduces the stress on your family and friends who may be called on to make decisions on your behalf.
The documents below will address how you can prepare for the possibility of becoming incapable of making health care, personal care, financial, or legal decisions. Many options are presented, but the focus of the presentations and associated handouts are on those instruments that will help to most people, an enduring power of attorney and the enhanced representation agreement (RA9).
- A Guidebook to Change the Culture of Aging in Long-Term Care – Research Institute for Aging
- Ready for the Unexpected: Why you Should Have an Advance Care Plan
- Ready for the Unexpected: Making your Advance Care Plan
- Ready for the Unexpected? Incapacity Planning
- Ready for the Unexpected? Making an Advance Care Plan
Other Web Links
- Advance Care Planning – Government of BC
- Advance Care Planning – HealthLinkBC
- Advance Care Planning Day – BC Centre for Palliative Care