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Interactive online tool helps Islanders prepare end-of-life care

Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson launched a new advance care planning booklet and online tool to help Islanders discuss and plan for end-of-life care. Henderson was joined by, from left, advance care planning project coordinator Carolyn Villard, Hospice P.E.I. board member Linda Callard and provincial palliative care medical consultant Dr. Mireille Lecours.
Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson launched a new advance care planning booklet and online tool to help Islanders discuss and plan for end-of-life care. Henderson was joined by, from left, advance care planning project coordinator Carolyn Villard, Hospice P.E.I. board member Linda Callard and provincial palliative care medical consultant Dr. Mireille Lecours.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Health P.E.I. has created a new online planning workbook aimed at helping Islanders start conversations about their end-of-life care.

The interactive workbook guides users through the key steps to communicating and outlining their wishes for health and personal care. 

It includes questions to help Islanders think about the values and beliefs that influence their choice of health care options, definitions of medical terms they will need to know to make informed decisions about their health care options and other information to help communicate with their health care team and family.

In Canada, studies have shown that 60 per cent of people believe it is important to talk about end-of-life care, but only five per cent have spoken with their primary care provider about it.

Advance care planning improves a patient’s overall quality of life, quality of end-of-life care, and communication with families and reduces stress and anxiety for patients and families, health care providers and the health-care system.

“Talking about end-of-life and the care you want or don’t want can be very difficult and overwhelming, especially with family members and loved ones,” said Dr. Mireille Lecours, provincial palliative care medical consultant.

“As difficult as the conversation may be, we really hope that Islanders will embrace this process and take the time to make an advance care plan for themselves.”

The advance care planning workbook is available at healthpei.ca/advancecareplanning

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