The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre


Who would make decisions for you if you could not speak for yourself?

National Advance Care Planning Day encourages everyone to Speak Up and start the conversation about end-of-life care

 

Mississauga/West Toronto (April 16, 2012) – The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre, along with many other national, provincial and territorial organizations, encourages Canadians to think and talk about their wishes for end-of-life care today on National Advance Care Planning Day.

Speak Up - campaign logo - start the conversation about end-of-life care

“Although most people may find having conversations about a time when they are seriously ill and unable to direct their own care uncomfortable, it’s important to talk about it to ensure that individuals receive the kind of care they want,” says Dianne Godkin, Senior Ethicist, The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre and author of Living Will, Living Well: Reflections on Preparing an Advance Directive.

Advance care planning is a process of reflection and communication about personal care preferences in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care. Your plan may include information about procedures such as CPR and mechanical ventilation, as well as other personal information, such as spiritual preferences or specific wishes for family members or friends.

“Talking about your values and what is most important to you with those who are likely to be in the position of making decisions on your behalf is an essential first step,” adds Godkin. “It is also very useful to discuss your wishes with a health care provider such as your family doctor to ensure you are making decisions based on accurate information.”

One of the most important aspects of advance care planning is naming and having a conversation with a Substitute Decision Maker – someone who will speak on your behalf and make decisions for you, but only when you are not able to do so yourself. Research has shown that advance care planning significantly reduces stress, depression and anxiety in family members and caregivers who know your wishes and can act with confidence on your behalf.

A website – www.advancecareplanning.ca - features a number of tools and resources to help Canadians make a plan and start the conversation with others. For additional helpful information, visit www.trilliumhealthcentre.org/about/ethics.php.

 

About the Regional Ethics Program at The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre
The Regional Ethics Program is an ethics service based on a hub and spoke model. The hub is The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre and spokes include organizations in the region who contract services from the Regional Ethics Program. Consultation, education, and policy development and review are among the services provided.

About The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre

The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre is a newly merged hospital serving Mississauga, West Toronto and the surrounding communities. It is one of Ontario’s largest community-based academic health networks and has a teaching affiliation with the Mississauga Academy of Medicine at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

For more information, see www.trilliumhealthcentre.org / www.cvh.on.ca.

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Media Contacts:

Krista Finlay
Chief Communications Officer
The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre
Office: 905-813-1100 ext. 2617
Kfinlay AT cvh DOT on DOT ca

Larry Roberts
Acting Manager
Communications and Public Affairs
The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre
Office: 905-848-7580 ext. 3832
Mobile: 416-358-7201
lroberts AT thc DOT on DOT ca

 

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