April 13, 2016
It’s an uncomfortable, but important question: what if we get so sick we can’t speak for ourselves when it comes to the health care we receive? What then? Who makes the decisions? And what will those decisions be? Do they align with our wishes, values and beliefs?
Advance care planning allows us to have a say in the health care we receive, even if we are unable to communicate what we want. It is a formal way to reflect our values, beliefs and wishes so that we can make our own health care decisions. By discussing and documenting our wishes in advance with our loved ones, health care team and family physician, they will be better able to act on our behalf.
As part of National Advance Care Planning Day on Saturday, April 16, 2016, Island Health is hosting two community education sessions. Legal and health professionals will be available to share information and answer any questions on this important topic.
Saturday, April 16
10 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the following locations:
Peninsula Health Unit
2170 Mount Newton X Rd
Hillside Seniors Centre*
1454 Hillside Avenue.
*Registration required for this session. Call 250-370-5641, press ‘2’ or email WellnessCentreRegistration@viha.ca to reserve your seat.
Visit www.viha.ca/advance_care_planning/ for more information.
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