According to a recent article in the Ottawa Citizen, the vast majority of Canadians do not yet have a written plan that dictates which life-prolonging treatments they would accept or reject at the end of life, in the event that they lose the capacity to speak for themselves.
What’s more, fewer than half of all Canadians surveyed in the same Ipsos-Reid poll have discussed the issue with their families. Less than half have named a substitute decision maker to speak on their behalf in the even that they cannot do so.
The best time to make these crucial decisions is before a crisis, and doing so can ease the burden and guilt we place on our loved ones and caregivers. But too few Canadians have planned for the end of life, simply because they and their families are understandably reluctant to have such a difficult conversation.
Are you one of these Canadians? Visit advancecareplanning.ca today, and learn how to start the conversation on end-of-life care. You’ll be glad you did!