How to plan for your future care

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What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning is about writing down how you wish to be cared for in case you cannot make decisions in the future. Making your own choices is important to your sense of self and well-being. So, it is important that your family knows how you want to be cared for, in case you become very sick.

This includes how to manage your finances and care including:

  • Food
  • Living arrangements and housing
  • Clothing
  • Hygiene
  • Safety
  • Health care

During advance care planning, you:

  • Name someone you trust to be your Substitute Decision Maker
  • Give them the legal right to make those choices for you when you are not able to
  • Write down how you would like your finances and care to be managed (advanced directive)

Why is it important?

It is important for your family, friends and healthcare team to know what your wishes are. This legal process will help make sure that you are cared for in a way that you want if you can no longer make decisions.


How do I prepare an advance directive?

Watch this video on the 5 steps of advance care planning:

Video credit: Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Where to learn more about this topic:

Toronto Central Health Line
Managing my money and knowing my rights

Office of the Public and Guardian Trustee office
Power of Attorney and Living Will kits