Share your end of life wishes: Ontario’s Doctors
Ontario’s doctors are helping to mark Advance Care Planning Day (April 16) by encouraging all Ontarians to take the time to have a conversation about their end-of-life wishes.
Advance care planning starts with thinking about your wishes for the future and sharing them with your Substitute Decision Maker, someone who will speak for you and make medical decisions if you can’t speak for yourself. It then involves talking about them with loved ones and remembering to keep the lines of communication open as our values and wishes can change over time.
Advance care planning can be as simple as:
- Learning who would be legally entitled to make decisions for you if you were incapable. You can choose any decision maker you want, and you can put it in writing at no cost. Look for Power of Attorney or Personal Care forms here or at your local ServiceOntario centre.
- Make sure you have shared your wishes, beliefs and values with your substitute decision-maker.
Research shows that families who have to make difficult medical decisions for a family member feel less guilt and more confident in their decisions when they have had a discussion about the person’s wishes ahead of time, and don’t have to guess.