April 2015 
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Dear CSAH community,

April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day. If you haven't already, begin a conversation with a loved one, or even review your own end of life care needs and wishes.These are important conversations, and there's no time like the present to get started.

To help further our shared understanding on this topic, we are proud to share with you that CSAH is collaborating with other community partners on a new Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Health Care Consent (HCC) education project in South Eastern Ontario.The aim of this project is to promote and increase health care providers' awareness and understanding of ACP and HCC. CSAH will work with participants at two pilot sites to develop and implement Quality Improvement Plans related to HCC and ACP. A large component of the project involves the development and implementation of e-learning resources, where users will have the flexibility to learn at their own pace and schedule. We look forward to sharing more project developments with you in the near future. Please check our website for updates.



CSAH staff


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Spotlight: Advance Care Plan
An advance care plan is a written document which sets out a person's wishes with regards to personal care and medical treatment. This document may include the person's beliefs, values, and goals and will inform a substitute decision maker with respect to care decisions. The advance care plan can also be shared with health professionals; however, it is not a substitute for consent to treatment or personal care. Advance care planning is a process; through reflection and communication a plan is developed.  In addition to the individual, advance care planning can involve family members, health professionals and financial or legal advisors, lawyers, or powers of attorney.
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