April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day (ACP) in Canada, a day to promote conversations about your wishes and values for your future health care. This year’s Advance Care Planning Day is based on the theme Advance Care Planning: An Essential Conversation for Everyone.
In these unprecedented times, with the impacts of COVID-19 felt around the world, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to loved ones, regardless of distance, and to have conversations about your values, wishes and what is important to you.
As part of this year’s campaign, organizers recommend speaking with your loved ones about your values, wishes and what is important to you between 6 and 8 pm on April 16th. You can find information, tools, and prompts to help with starting these conversations at https://www.chpca.ca.
The national ‘Speak Up’ Advance Care Planning (ACP) in Canada initiative is led by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) with a financial contribution from Health Canada. The initiative aims to help people living in Canada prepare for their future and personal health care. The project involves a series of public awareness campaigns, supports community-based ACP programs, and promotes ACP resources and guides.