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Victoria Hospice is again offering Advance Care Plan sessions via Zoom in March 2021. The March sessions will be held on March 4 and March 11 from 3:30-5 pm.

Advance care planning is the process of thinking about and writing down your wishes or instructions for present or future health care treatment in the event you become incapable of deciding for yourself. The Ministry of Health in British Columbia encourages all capable adults to undertake advance care planning.

Registration for the March sessions:

Registration is required for this series. Once registered, participants will receive suggested readings and a video to watch prior to the start of the first session. Participants will be encouraged to start thinking and deciding who their representative will be, consider the planning steps and begin filling in the forms.

Participants will learn to plan with confidence and acquire the tools and skills needed to start a conversation with friends, loved ones, and health care providers about their intentions for future health care treatment. Specifically, participants will:

  • Define and understand important terminology for advance care planning in BC: Representation Agreement, Temporary Decision Maker, Advance Directive and Advance Care Planning.
  • Understand the importance of identifying personal values, wishes and beliefs and creating an expression of wishes statement.
  • Receive resources and tools for planning.
  • Complete take-home assignments that encourage the completion of the Advance Care Plan.
  • Learn communication strategies for approaching advance care planning topics with loved ones.
  • Understand where to store their Advance Care Plan.
  • Interact with others in their planning process through breakout rooms.
  • Watch videos to further learning.