How to do advance care planning

Overview: How to make your plan

An advance care plan answers the question, 'What would I want to happen if I couldn't speak for myself?'

Illness or serious injury can make a person unable to make their own decisions about health and personal care. It can happen to people at any age. Making an advance care plan helps you and your family to prepare for the unexpected.

The process is simple:

  1. Think about your beliefs, values and preferences for current and future health and personal care.
  2. Talk about your beliefs, values and preferences for current and future health and personal care.
  3. Choose a substitute decision-maker.
  4. Write your plan down and share it with others.
  5. Review your plan every once in a while.

We can help you make a plan. Let's start by thinking about your values.