Even though most people believe it is important, less than 1 in 5 Canadians have an Advance Care Plan. What would you want health care providers and loved ones to know if you became unable to make your own healthcare decisions? Are you worried that, when the time comes, you won’t know how to make medical decisions on your loved one’s behalf?
April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day in Canada. The Centre for Clinical Ethics, in collaboration with Unity Health Toronto’s Palliative Care Services, invites you to join two interactive Zoom sessions which will explore the ins and outs of these crucial conversations. These virtual sessions are free of charge and open to any member of the public. You are warmly encouraged to invite your friends, family members, loved ones, and colleagues. Attendees may choose to attend one or both sessions. Clinicians are welcome, although content will be geared to members of the community who do not have a medical background.
Session One - 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm – The Nuts and Bolts of Advance Care Planning
This session explores the language of advance care planning and will help you to understand the legal and medical frameworks in which advance care planning occurs. Topics for discussion include: What is advance care planning? What is informed consent? What is a substitute decision-maker (SDM)? Who acts as the SDM and what do they do? What is a power of attorney, and what is an attorney for personal care?
Session Two - 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm – Staying Connected Even When It’s Hard: Having Advance Care Planning Conversations
It is not easy to talk about end-of-life issues. This session will guide you through complex choices in advance care planning and will explore how to start and navigate challenging conversations. This session will help ensure that your, or your loved one’s, wishes and values are known when treatment decisions must be made. Come prepared for an open dialogue...