Start the Conversation
Once you have thought about how your values, beliefs and wishes would guide your decisions in the event of a health crisis, the first step is to speak with those close to you and your health care providers to make sure they know and understand your wishes and are willing to honour them.
Talk to a trusted family member or friend
Letting your family and friends know about the care you do and do not want in the future will decrease their anxiety and help them if they need to make decisions on your behalf.
Talk to your doctor
It is important for you to discuss your wishes with your doctor to make sure your planning is based on accurate medical information. Discuss your thoughts and questions with your doctor.
Following this conversation, your doctor may complete a Medical Order for Scope of Treatment (MOST) to guide other members of your health care team in a medical emergency.
SPEAK UP – Start the conversation at http://www.advancecareplanning.ca/
Make your plan
Once you've thought about it and talked it over, it's time to Make Your Plan.
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Please note: The materials associated with Island Health Advance Care Planning Program has been developed for use within Island Health.
If you live elsewhere in British Columbia, please consult your local health authority.
If you live in other provinces in Canada or in the United States, please consult your local legal information agencies or government website as the Island Health Advance Directive will not be consistent with laws governing the use of these documents.