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What are your end-of-life wishes?

“It always seems too early, until it’s too late” is the theme of National Healthcare Decision Week, which runs from April 16-22 in the United States. Like National Advance Care Planning Day in Canada (April 16), the goal of this campaign is to inspire a proactive approach to planning ahead for your end-of-life wishes. Contemplating the end of your life, and outlining the kind of health and personal care you wish to  receive if you were unable to speak for yourself, is not always easy, but it’s important. Remember, it’s not just about you, it’s about ensuring that your family and friends have a clear plan to support your intentions. Advance care planning is a process of reflection and communication, and it may involve writing down your wishes and talking with healthcare providers and financial and legal advisors. If you do not have an advance care plan in place, perhaps it’s time to start the conversation? 

 

Featured Resources

  1. Blog Post: Transitioning to end-of-life care: Communication is key
  2. Blog Post: Advance care planning and intensive care: Planning ahead for your end of life wishes
  3. Web Resource Rating: Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia: The issues
  4. Web Resource RatingA good death at home: Home palliative care services keep people where they want to be
  5. Evidence Summary: Palliative care and end-of-life needs for hospital patients are not consistently recognized by healthcare professionals
  6. Evidence Summary: Primary care physicians and advanced care plans can help reduce unplanned hospital admission among elderly patients in residential care
  7. Evidence Summary: Family members who make decisions on behalf of dementia patients need support to ensure the decisions reflect the patient’s wishes, preferences and values

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