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of us will reach a time in our lives when we will face difficult choices
regarding which medical treatments are right for us. These decisions
are complicated ones and may in fact be among the most difficult decisions
we ever make. Often there is no right or wrong answer: it’s a
matter of figuring out, with the help of our healthcare teams and our
families/loved ones, which course of action is best for us as individuals
in the context of our current or anticipated state of health, our goals
in life, our values and beliefs. The more time we have to think about
them, become informed and ask questions, the more comfortable we can
be that the choices we make or anticipate making are ones that make
sense for us.
Advance Care Planning is a simple yet important process that can help you ensure that your health care wishes are followed if and/or when you are unable to communicate them directly to your health care providers.
The Advance Care Planning DVD provides an introductory look at some of the basic concepts involved in advance care planning. Using a storied-approach, the DVD highlights a number of common health care scenarios and their impact on individuals, families, and health care professionals.
Scenario I: A 37 year-old-man is seriously injured in a fall from his roof and is being cared for in a hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. This story explains life support and the difficult decisions that his wife and mother face with hospital staff.
Scenario II: Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, a woman asks her adult daughter to assume the role of Substitute Decision Maker to make certain her voice will be heard by her health care team. We follow this mother and daughter through the experience of learning the medical and legal issues involved when assuming this kind of role for a loved one.
Scenario III: An elderly man learns his cancer is incurable. This story explains some of the common concepts of palliative care. We are given the opportunity to experience the decision-making process in a palliative care setting.
Available in English and in French.
MSc, MD, FRCPC