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What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning is about thinking and writing down your wishes or instructions for present or future personal and health care needs in case you are not able to make decisions for yourself. It involves reflecting on spiritual, cultural, emotional and mental aspects of your well-being and how these topics guide your own Advance Care Planning. 

These wishes or instructions are then summarized into an Advance Care Plan. Advance Care Planning is not a one-time task. Talk with your loved ones and your health care team about the kinds of care you do or don't want to receive. Don't assume that they know what you want.

Why Advance Care Planning is Important

We make our best decisions when we are calm and able to set time aside to think about what matters most to us. It is helpful to think and talk about advance care planning before we are in a stressful situation or medical crisis. Even if you’re feeling well and healthy now, it’s a good idea to be prepared in case you become suddenly unwell and not able to make decisions for yourself.
If you do not talk about your wishes or write down your instructions, your loved ones and health care team will be left to make decisions for you, which they believe are in your best interest. Completing your advance care plan helps to avoid unwanted medical treatments or unintended conflicts between loved ones. The BC Ministry of Health encourages all adults who are able, to think about Advance Care Planning and has a variety of resources available on their website.

Advance Care Planning helps you to:

  • THINK about your values, beliefs and wishes
  • HONOUR your personal, cultural and/or spiritual traditions
  • TALK with your family about your wishes and instructions
  • GUIDE your healthcare team to give you the care that is right for you (e.g. Goals of Care, MOST)
  • DECIDE who you want to speak for you, if you are not able to speak for yourself
  • RECORD your wishes
  • HAVE peace of mind that your financial and legal affairs are in order

A variety of topics fall within the wide umbrella of Advance Care Planning. You can click on the boxes below for more information on each topic.  

Other resources

There are a number of resources that can help you start the conversation about advance care planning.


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