The East Toronto Health Link has developed an advance care planning toolkit for patients with chronic diseases and the healthcare providers who care for them. The toolkit, which includes a guide that has been translated into several languages, provides valuable opportunities for non-acute patients to engage in advance care planning as part of a coordinated care plan.
The toolkit was created by an Advance Care Planning working group with representation from health care consumers, primary care physicians, CCAC, Community Service organizations and hospital representatives. Using the Speak Up campaign as a framework, tools, including a workbook, were created to help patients with a chronic progressive disease discuss their future care wishes with their family and members of their health team. These materials have been translated into French, and a general information guide has been translated into Bengali, Amharic and Greek.
A brochure about CPR that acts as a decision aid for patients and substitute decision makers, was created with the assistance of health care consumers, from inception to completion.
East Toronto Health Link as also developed a number of presentations and workshops that focus on advance care planning and life-sustaining treatments. These presentations, which are targeted at both health professionals and the public, explain the advance care planning process, as well as the benefits and burdens of four of the most common life-sustaining treatments.