Local Seniors and Elders have an opportunity Wednesday, October 16th 2019 to join the Mount Waddington Health Network in a positive, informative, supportive workshop around future care plans.
Partners from health services and community groups will be in attendance to help guide participants through this great planning resource. Lunch will be provided, and there will be some great takeaways for participants - perhaps a door prize or two, but the biggest takeaway is peace of mind for you and your family!
This event is free, and limited to 150 participants from all communities on the North Island!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list, or call 250-230-0510 and leave your name and phone number. Further information is available from the Health Network, or reach out to your local senior's group for information and transportation options. Additional transportation options are available, please consider calling the Volunteer Transportation Network and speak with Mary Mavis, our local transit maven about arranging a ride. 250-956-3151
The My Voice workbook is produced by the province of British Columbia and is intended for people of all ages. Island Health has generously provided the workbooks for participants, and the MWHN thanks them for the ongoing support.
Check out the poster for more info.
If you want to volunteer, please click here and fill in your name, phone number and email. We will call you about the role you wish to take!
An excerpt from the "My Voice" guide:
"Having a voice in decisions about your health care treatment is important. There may come a time when, due to illness or injury, you are incapable of expressing your treatment wishes to health care providers. By planning in advance, you can be sure that your family, friends and/or health care providers know your wishes, and can ensure these wishes are followed.
This guide and workbook pages in the second half of this booklet will help you complete an advance care plan that outlines your wishes about health care decisions in the event you are unable to do so. It will help you consider what is important to you, help you document your beliefs and wishes, and help you develop the advance care plan that best suits you.
Depending on the advance care plan you choose, you may be required to complete legal forms to ensure that your wishes are followed. The guide includes forms that you can complete without the assistance of a lawyer or notary public, which will be legally valid if completed properly. For complex situations, you are encouraged to obtain legal advice to ensure the forms and what you write in them will meet your needs.
And Why is an Advanced Care Plan Important?
As long as you are capable of understanding and communicating with your doctor, nurse practitioner, registered nurse and/or other health care provider, you will be asked to make your own health care treatment decisions.
However, no one knows what tomorrow will bring. A serious accident or illness can result in you being incapable of making your own health care decisions at the time care is needed. An advance care plan allows for such a possibility. It provides family or close friends and health care providers with a guide to your care and treatment, based on your wishes."
"New incapacity (or personal) planning legislation came into force in B.C. on September 1, 2011, providing adults with more options for expressing their wishes about future health care decisions. The legislation allows capable adults to put plans into place that outline the health care treatments they consent to or refuse based on their beliefs, values and wishes. If no decision/plan is in place, B.C.’s health care consent legislation gives regulated health care providers specific direction regarding who they must choose to make decisions on a person’s behalf. The use of this guide is voluntary and is intended to supplement conversations with your close family or health care providers about the advance care planning options that may be right for you. In addition, the forms provided reflect the law at the date of publication. Laws can change over time. This guide does not replace medical or legal advice."