About Advance Care Planning
What is Advance Care Planning?
Advance care planning is sometimes called a living will, advance directive, or health directive.
Advance Care Planning 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. (Itís your voice for when you are not capable of speaking for yourself)
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.
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 RQHR My Voice Booklet has been developed for the public to use in completing their own advance care plan.
Public Information Sessions
RQHR Advance Care Planning Public Information Sessions starting May 2013
For more information call 306-766-5922.
Advance Care Planning Video
Click here to view the Advance Care Planning Video for the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region.
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 personís 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 personís opinions, values and wishes for their medical care.
The proxy form is a tool in My Voice Booklet for a person to appoint a Proxy. Click here for a copy of the proxy form.
Advance Care Planning is taking care of your health care business.
||THINK about your health care choices if you can no long 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 Advance Care Planning Support Team
The RQHR Advance Care Planning Support Team is available to provide education on advance care planning in RQHR to both staff and the community.
There are three team members on the Advance Care Planning team:
|Project Manager:||Cathy Peters|
|Senior Health Educators:||Marlene Glettler|
We are located at Wascana Rehab Centre and can be contacted by phone at (306) 766-5922 or by email at email@example.com.
Forms and Brochures:
My Voice, Planning in Advance for Health Care Choices, booklet
Appointing a Proxy Form
Advance Care Plan Form
EMS Life Capsule Program
Information on My Life Capsule Program
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (Brochure)
Your Voice, Planning in Advance for Health Care Choices (Brochure)
Advance Care Planning Video for the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region
Speak up campaign
Video on home page: A video about making decisions at the end of life
Fraser Health Authority, British Columbia
Video on home page: Hear how advance care planning can help families
Advance Care Planning Client Stories
It's Okay Dad, I Get It
Advance Care Planning Information Links
Click here for a list of links associated with Advance Care Planning.