Advance Care Planning

Making sure your voice is heard when you cannot speak for yourself

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Are you prepared in the time of COVID-19?

All Albertans should prepare for a possible scenario where they may be unable to make their own medical decisions, especially if they are older or have chronic or serious illness.

If you became seriously ill from COVID-19, would your family, caregivers and healthcare providers know how you would want to be cared for? Who would speak for you if you were too sick to speak for yourself?

Learn more about advance care planning.

Advance Care Planning is a way to help you think about, talk about and document wishes for health care in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care.

You may never need your advance care plan - but if you do, you’ll be glad that it’s there and that you have had these conversations, to make sure that your voice is heard when you cannot speak for yourself.

Goals of Care Designation is a medical order used to describe and communicate the general aim or focus of care including the preferred location of that care.

Although advance care planning conversations don't always result in determining goal of care designation, they make sure your voice is heard when you cannot speak for yourself.

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