Advance Care Planning (ACP) Resources

Advance Care Planning (ACP) Resources

Advance Care Planning Resources to Help You Get Started

Key Resources

Think about and record what matters most to you:

My Wishes, My Care: Thinking it Through

A step-by-step guide to help you think about and record what matters most to you – your values, beliefs and wishes for future health care and personal care. This guide can help you create a written, or audio/video record of what matters most to you.

Start the conversation with your family and friends:

Starting the Conversation

More conversation starters you can use; available in English, Punjabi and Chinese.

Make the key components of your advance care plan: 

My Wishes, My Care: Thinking it Through

A step-by-step guide to help you think about and record what matters most to you – your values, beliefs and wishes for future health care and personal care. This guide can help you create a written, or audio/video record of what matters most to you.

Temporary Substitute Decision Maker Contact List

A template to help you record the contact information of your potential temporary substitute decision makers, with notes on who does not qualify.

To qualify, the person must be 19 years of age or older, capable of making decisions, have no dispute with you, and have been in contact with you in the past year.

Wallet Card

An optional, wallet card you can use to record your advance care planning information.

plan

Make a representation agreement:

Guides to help you understand enhanced representation agreements (section 9)

What you need to know about enhanced representation agreements (section 9)

What you need to know about being a representative in an enhanced representation agreement

Guide to the Enhanced Representation Agreement form provided by the B.C. government.

Understand the role of a substitute decision maker:

Guides to help you understand enhanced representation agreements (section 9)

What you need to know about enhanced representation agreements (section 9)

Resources to help you

Understand how to do Advance Care Planning: Think, Talk, Plan

BC Centre for Palliative Care Information and Resources

BCCPC’s webpage on Advance Care Planning (ACP) for the public, which include:

Be Prepared in the Time of COVID-19

An interactive online webpage with printable documents.

  • Information about COVID-19 and its impacts on health
  • Information about ventilators and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Summary of the steps for Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning Overview

Advance Care Planning is for everyone Video

Advance Care Planning: It’s time to think, Talk, Plan

Advance Care Plan: Health Care and Personal Care Decisions

People’s Law School is a non-profit society in British Columbia, dedicated to making the law accessible to everyone.

This interactive page introduces:

  • Advance Care Planning
  • How health and personal care decisions can be made for you if you cannot do so
  • How to make an Advance Care Plan

Advance Care Planning for First Nations

Brochure providing an overview of Advance Care Planning

Poster explaining why you should do Advance Care Planning

Making Future Health Care Decisions

Ministry of Health website for learning more about Advance Care Planning, including access to workbooks and video information.

Preparing an Advance Care Plan

B.C.-specific information on preparing an Advance Care Plan from HealthLink BC

Think

My Wishes, My Care: Thinking it Through

A step-by-step guide to help you think about, and record what matters most to you – your values, beliefs and wishes for future health care and personal care. This guide can help you create a written, or audio/video record of what matters most to you.

Some questions you could use to help with thinking about what matters most to you.

Living Well, Planning Well

A guide to help you understand your rights and the legal requirements for planning for your future care. Contains summary pages of the legal requirements and documents in each Canadian Province. 

Substitute Decision-Making and Incapacity Planning

Information from the BC government outlining options for substitute decision making and incapacity (incapability) planning.

Health Care and Personal Care Decisions

People’s Law School is a non-profit society in British Columbia, dedicated to making the law accessible to everyone.

This interactive page provides an introduction to Advance Care Planning, including how health and personal care decisions can be made for you if you cannot do so.

Talk

Start the conversation

A brochure on how to start a conversation with your family and friends about what matters to you and your goals of care.

Conversation Starters

Example conversation starters and a video on having Advance Care Planning conversations.

Hello Game

A conversation game you can try with your family and friends.

Go Wish

A conversation game you can try with your family and friends.

Serious Illness Conversations Guide

A brochure on how to prepare for a conversation with your health-care providers about your serious illness, risk of getting sick with COVID-19, fears, preferred treatments and goals of care.

Cantonese Video

A 4 min Cantonese video developed by Society for Life and Death Education. Hong Kong ER doctors shares their experience about why it is important to have Serious illness Conversations with patients.

Plan

My Wishes, My Care: Thinking it Through

A step-by-step guide to help you think about and record what matters most to you – your values, beliefs and wishes for future health care and personal care. This guide can help you create a written, or audio/video record of what matters most to you.

Temporary Substitute Decision Maker Contact List

A template to help you record the contact information of your potential temporary substitute decision makers, with notes on who does not qualify.

To qualify, the person must be 19 years of age or older, capable of making decisions, have no dispute with you, and have been in contact with you in the past year.

This is a key component of your advance care plan.

Wallet Card

An optional, wallet card you can use to record your advance care planning information.

Letter from Mom

simple example of a record of what matters most written by a doctor as a letter to family.

Advance Care Plan Example by CL

The advance care plan of CL, a 55-year-old grandmother.

Advance Care Plan Example by JK

The advance care plan of JK, a 58-year-old RN who worked most of her 35-year nursing career in critical care/intensive care units.

Mr. Zhang’s Advance Care Plan

Mr. Zhang, who is 65 and retired, is taking care of his parents at home. He made this advance care plan based on his personal situation. Available in Traditional Chinese and English.

Living My Culture

At LivingMyCulture.ca, people from various cultures share their stories and wisdom about living with serious illness, Advance Care Planning, end of life and grief to support others. Videos are available in various languages.

Cantonese Video

A 4 min Cantonese video from Society for Life and Death Education. Doctors, patients’ caregivers and families share their health care wishes and preference.

My Little Story with Mom

A Cantonese short film (16 mins, with Traditional Chinese and English subtitles). The mom has been diagnosed cancer and could have only 3 months left. The daughter and her mom have different opinion about whether to take healthcare treatments and how to have a better life. It is a story of understanding and respecting each other in the family.

Sylvia’s Story

From Living Matters. 4 min video in English with Chinese subtitle.

Sylvia recounts her experience when her mother was introduced to Advance Care Planning (ACP) through an ACP Facilitator and how the conversations brought the family closer.

Living Matters Advance Care Planning

From Living Matters, a 4 min video in English with Chinese subtitle.

After witness a friend in emergency condition but without Advance Care Plan, a Chinese family start to make their Advance Care Plan.

Step-by-step Guides & Workbooks

My Wishes, My Care: Thinking it Through

A step-by-step guide to help you think about and record what matters most to you – your values, beliefs and wishes for future health care and personal care. This guide can help you create a written, or audio/video record of what matters most to you.

My Voice – Advance Care Planning Guide

A comprehensive, printable guide to Advance Care Planning:

Includes example legal documents for planning (Advance Directive, Representation Agreements)

My Voice in Action

A workbook developed by the Advance Care Planning team at Fraser Health as a companion to My Voice

More Resources

Health-care Decision Making in British Columbia

A flow chart showing what happens when you are asked to make a health-care decision, including how a decision is made for you if you cannot speak for yourself.

Consent to Health Care and the Role of the Public Guardian and Trustee

Advance Care Plan: Health Care and Personal Care Decisions

People’s Law School is a non-profit society in British Columbia, dedicated to making the law accessible to everyone.

This interactive page introduces:

  • Advance Care Planning
  • How health and personal care decisions can be made for you if you cannot do so
  • How to make an Advance Care Plan

Health Care Decision-Making: Legal Rights of People Living with Dementia 

Booklet providing information on the health care decision-making rights of people living with dementia. Available in multiple languages.

  • English
  • French
  • Punjabi
  • Traditional Chinese

Advance Care Planning information from your local Health Authority 

Organ Donation

For information on organ donation in BC.

www.transplant.bc.ca

You can register to be an organ donor in BC online or by calling 1 800 663-6189 to get a registration form in the mail

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

For the most up-to-date information on Medical Assistance in Dying in BC.

Health Care Decision-Making: Legal Rights of People Living with Dementia

Booklet providing information on the health care decision-making rights of people living with dementia. Available in multiple languages and supplements the 3 videos listed below.

Videos

First Link® Dementia Helpline

English: 1-800-936-6033 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Cantonese and Mandarin: 1-833-674-5007 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Punjabi: 1-833-674-5003  (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The First Link® Dementia Helpline from Alzheimer Society of BC is for anyone affected by dementia, whether professionally or personally. Helpline staff and volunteers give people the support they need, when they need it.

In addition to general information about dementia, some of the topics you can learn about include:

  • Getting the diagnosis.
  • Progression of the disease, including its effect on communication and behaviour.
  • Personal planning.
  • Maintaining independence.
  • Providing care and support.
  • Resources available in your community, including support groups and upcoming education workshops.
  • Information about making your organization or community dementia friendly.

Chinese language information here.

Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia

Developed by people living with dementia who are members of Alzheimer Society Canada’s Advisory Group.

Living with Dementia

Information for people living with dementia and their family and friends. Topics include:

  • Ins and outs of living with dementia
  • Caring for someone with dementia
  • Day to day living
  • Treatment options
  • Ways to communicate
  • Grieving

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Production of this document has been made possible thanks to funding from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.