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advanced care planning vs estate planning


Advance Care Planning is the process where you make decisions about the care you want to receive should you become unable to speak for yourself. These decisions are typically based on your personal values and preferences as well as on discussions with your loved ones.

You can incorporate these decisions into an Advance Care Plan. The Advance Care Plan ensures you get the care you want and need should something happen that leaves you unable to express your wishes.

The following are four areas of planning you need to consider:

  1. Health Decisions
  2. Personal Care
  3. Financial Planning
  4. Legal Planning

One important step is to talk to your financial planner, and put your paperwork in order. You may also want to ensure you have an Enduring Power of Attorney if you own property or if you have investments or money that needs to be managed. This way you will leave a legacy, not a mess.

Remember, making an Advance Care Plan is voluntary and never mandatory. You should not be coerced into completing one and you can change or cancel these documents at any time.

Each Canadian province has its own unique laws, acts, and processes for Advance Care Planning. Your CHAI Health Advocate can help guide you in the right direction.

British Columbia





New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

Northwest Territories


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