April 16 is National Advance Care Planning Day, the perfect time to assemble your family and friends and tell them about your care preferences should you get ill, and not be able to speak for yourself.
Advanced care planning is the process of reflecting on and discussing your wishes for care with Health Sciences North's team before that day comes when you can’t tell them what you want.
It also involves deciding on someone who will take the lead in making decisions for if you can’t speak for yourself.
"Having a plan in place can ease the burden on the care team, on the patient and family and on the substitute decision maker (SDM), who may have to make decisions about a patient’s care if the patient becomes unable to do so on their own," said an HSN news release.
"We need those near and dear to us, who are present during our appointments, and who care for us at home when we’re not well, to know our care preferences. This planning requires us to communicate and plan with many different people."
This April 16 is National Advance Care Planning Day. HSN is inviting Sudburians to give this some thought and have these conversations with their family, parents or children.
Learn more about Advance Care Planning at www.hsnsudbury.ca/advancecareplanning.