Share your end of life wishes: Ontario’s Doctors
Toronto, ON, April 16, 2015 – Ontario’s doctors are helping to mark Advance Care Planning Day today by encouraging all Ontarians to take the time to have a conversation about their end-of-life wishes.
Share your end of life wishes: Ontario’s Doctors
Toronto, ON, April 16, 2015 – Ontario’s doctors are helping to mark Advance Care Planning Day today by encouraging all Ontarians to take the time to have a conversation about their end-of-life wishes.
April 15, 2015

Toronto, ON, April 16, 2015 – Ontario’s doctors are helping to mark Advance Care Planning Day today 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, values and beliefs when it comes to the health care you would want if you were ever incapable of making decisions 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.

“A medical crisis is always going to be a terrible time for a family, but having simple discussions about what’s important to you can reduce the stress for your loved ones,” said Dr. Ved Tandan, President of the Ontario Medical Association. “Sharing your wishes ensures you will get the medically appropriate treatment you would want and relieves the burden from your family of having to guess what you would want.”

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.

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