Advance Care Planning

Have a say in your future health care now, in case you can't speak for yourself later

Advance Care Planning

Start your advance care plan today

Jennifer Yang, a critical care nurse at VGH, helps you get started by sharing her experience as an ICU nurse and the story of how she brought the topic of advance care planning to family dinner.

No one knows what the future holds. Severe illness can happen to you or someone you love at any time. Be prepared – it is a gift to your family.

Advance care planning helps you have a say about the health care you would like to receive if you get very sick and cannot speak for yourself. It is a way for you to reflect on your personal values, wishes and beliefs to make your own future health care decisions.

Your doctor and family members won’t have to guess what you would want if you are unable to communicate.  
Who should do advance care planning?

Adults who are able to make their own health care decisions – especially those with a chronic or complex health condition – are encouraged to start the advance care planning process.
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If you have any questions about advance care planning at Vancouver Coastal Health, contact us at