What is Advance Care Planning?
Advance Care Planning is a process. It helps you think about, talk about, and document your wishes in case you become unable to make decisions for yourself.

There are 5 steps to advance care planning:

Step 1: Think about your values and goals, e.g. any hopes, needs and wants you have for your future healthcare or other events.

Step 2: Choose your Agent (decision maker), e.g. someone you trust to make decisions for you when you can't make them for yourself.

Step 3: Write a Power of Attorney - a legal document that names your agent (decision maker).

Step 4: Write a Personal Directive - a legal document that allows you to name your agent (decision maker) and list the areas that this person can make decision for you, e.g. healthcare or other events.

Step 5: Tell others your wishes and where you keep these documents.

Helpful Links:

Click here to access AHS Advance Care Planning Information

Click here to access Compassionate Alberta, a website to help Albertans have conversations about living and dying well and plan appropriately for the future

Click here to access Coming Full Circle, a guide to planning your care and ensuring you wishes and values are heard and respected

Click here to learn more about writing a Personal Directive

Click here for Alberta's official Personal Directive guidelines

Go to the section in Your Shared Care Plan called 'Your Advance Care Planning' to record your answers.