There are a number of options available to communicate your wishes and instructions in the event that you are not capable of doing so yourself. Your personal circumstances, and the type of advance care plan you wish to create will influence the options you choose.
In BC your advance care plan should consist of the following:
- Conversations with family or friends and health care providers about your beliefs, values and wishes
- A written record or video of your beliefs, values and wishes for future health care treatment
- The names and contact information of Substitute Decision Maker(s) – the people who qualify to be on your temporary substitute decision maker list
Advance Care Planning Options
Standard Representation Agreement: Section 7: Allows you to name a person(s) to make minor and major health care, personal care, routine financial management and some legal decisions. Does not allow the person(s) to make life support or life-prolonging medical interventions for you. It is a written legally binding document.
Enhanced Representation Agreement: Section 9: Allows you to name a person(s) to make minor and major health care, personal caredecisions, including decisions to accept or refuse life support or life-prolonging medical interventions for you. It is a written legally binding document.
Advance Directive: Allows you, as a capable adult, to consent or refuse consent to specific health care treatments (definitions below) in the event you become incapable. It may not include anything that is prohibited by law or an instruction to omit to do anything that is required by law (for example providing food and fluids). It is a written legal binding document.
Registering with the BC Transplant Organ Registry is the best way to record your decisions to be an organ donor, and ensures that health care providers in every hospital in B.C. have access to your confidential donor information. You can sign up online or call 1 800 663-6189 to get a registration form in the mail.