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April 16, 2019 is National Advance Care Planning Day in Canada

The space between guessing and knowing can be closed with a conversation.

When it comes to planning for your future health care, are you, your family and friends prepared? If you were sick and couldn’t speak for yourself, would they know your wishes?

All too often we assume people know what we’re thinking. The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” You might be surprised by the space between what you want for your future care and what your loved ones think you want.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to close this space: have a conversation.

Talk to those around you. Talk to your health care providers. Most importantly, talk to your substitute decision maker(s), the people who would make health care decisions in case you cannot speak for yourself; they need to know about your values, what is meaningful in your life, and how you would like decisions to be made. If you haven’t chosen a substitute decision maker, you can find out how by contacting our program. Now is the time!

Attend our Free Public Information Session on April 16 from 6 - 8 pm at Wascana Rehab Center in Meeting Room 5 to learn more about Advance Care Planning and make your own Advance Care Plan!

Understanding Goals of Care

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Advance Care Planning - Goals of Care

When accessing care within the Saskatchewan Health Authority Regina and Area you may be asked about your Goals of Care. This short video will help you understand the options available to you.  

 

Public Information Sessions

Its never too early, until its too late. 

Create your own Health Care Directive by attending one of our sessions.  

For more information about our free public information sessions, please click here for a poster outlining our upcomingWinter/Spring 2019 Free Public Information Sessions

To inquire about setting up a different session for your community group, please call us at 306-766-5922 in Regina. 

What is Advance Care Planning?

Family

Advance Care Planning is sometimes called a living will, advance directive, or health directive. 

An Advance Care Plan can be verbal or written. It is legal. You can complete this on your own, with the help of your family, your health care team or your legal advisor. It is the legal set of directions you develop for your medical care if you are too ill or injured to communicate or make decisions. The instructions and information in the plan would only be used to give direction for your treatment if you are not capable of speaking for yourself. (It’s intended to be your voice if you are unable to speak for yourself.)

In Saskatchewan, an Advance Care Plan is legal and protected under the Health Care Directives and Substitute Health Care Decision Makers Act, 1997.

All Saskatchewan residents who are 16 and older can complete an Advance Care Plan and can change or revoke the plan at any time if mentally capable of doing so.

Health Care professionals will help a person complete the order form My Voice for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MVLST). The MVLST will usually be completed on admission to a health care facility or by a health care professional in the community.

The My Voice Booklet has been developed for the public to use in completing their own advance care plan.

Click here to watch a video that explains what Advance Care Planning (Living Wills) is and why it’s important to have one. The video also shares testimonials from clients that have chosen to prepare an advance care plan.

What is a Proxy?

Ederly Couple

When a person is unable to speak for themselves, a Proxy can speak on behalf of the person re their medical wishes.

A Proxy is appointed by the person when they have capacity. The Health Care Directives and Substitute Health Care Decisions Makers Act, 1997 allows a person in Saskatchewan to legally appoint the person of their choice to be their health care decision maker when the person is unable to speak for themselves. The appointed Proxy makes health care decisions for a person, based on the person’s expressed wishes when they are unable to express themselves.

The Proxy must be over 18 years of age. The Proxy must be someone the person trusts to be responsible and able to respect the person’s opinions, values and wishes for their medical care.

Click here for a copy of the proxy form.

Advance Care Planning is about taking care of your health care business.

THINK about your health care choices if you can no longer speak for yourself.

TALK about medical options with your family, proxy and health care provider.

ACT by sharing your health care wishes with those closest to you.

The Regina Advance Care Planning Support Team

The Regina Advance Care Planning Support Team is available to provide education on advance care planning to both staff and the community.

Our office is located at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre. You can connect with us by phone at 306-766-5922 or by email at advancecare@rqhealth.ca.

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