Advance Care Planning (ACP) helps you think about, talk about and record your healthcare wishes. ACP is for everyone and the best time to start is NOW. Nobody knows what tomorrow may bring.
Think about your values and your wishes. Need help?
Learn about your own health. Need help?
Choose somebody to make decisions and speak on your behalf. Need help?
Communicate your values and wishes about healthcare. Need help?
Document your plan in a personal directive. Need help?
A Green Sleeve is a green, plastic folder that holds your ACP documents (your personal directive and your goals of care designation). Keep it near your fridge.
Indigenous Peoples Care Planning Resource
I follow a traditional lifestyle and that would be part of my expectations in my care – that it would be woven into Western interventions. That might mean plant medicines, teas and ceremonies.
Quality palliative care respects people’s culture, traditions and spirituality. Coming full circle: Planning for your care was developed by Indigenous Peoples for Indigenous People. It assists First Nations, Inuit and Métis in planning for and having discussions about their care should they become seriously ill or if they can no longer speak for themselves.
Developed to fill a gap in culturally safe resources, the booklet:
• Guides users through a series of questions to help them reflect on their values, beliefs and wishes for future healthcare;
• Outlines considerations for identifying a substitute decision maker(s); and
• Suggests ways for starting conversations with families and healthcare providers to make their wishes known.
Guided by an Elders’ Circle and informed by a national team of researchers, educators, health providers, the Coming full circle: Planning for your care booklet is available at LivingMyCulture.ca, by selecting either “First Nations”, “Inuit” or “Métis.” The free, downloadable PDF can be printed and completed or completed online and saved as an electronic file that can be updated.
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