In December of 2014, Facebook reached a monthly average of 1.39 billion users – including more than 19 million Canadians, or more than half of our population. It’s clear Canadians feel comfortable and enthusiastic about sharing information online. But sharing information about our wishes for future health care choices? That’s another story.

An Advance Care Plan allows you to share what would be important for you if you were ill and unable to communicate – such as your wishes for the kind of care you would want to receive, the medical procedures that you may or may not want or fears you may have. Part of the process is naming a substitute decision maker – someone who can speak for you and make decisions if you are unable to speak for yourself.

Making a plan and sharing it with others can make you feel so much better. Knowing what kind of care you would or wouldn’t want, and knowing that there are people who care and know what your wishes are is a great way to feel secure and optimistic about the future. And your friends and loved ones – particularly your substitute decision maker – will feel better too, knowing that they could make informed decisions for you in case you couldn’t speak for yourself.

We all know how easy it is to update a Facebook status. But what too few of us know is that advance care planning can be just as easy. Our Five Steps video can show you how to do it.

April 16, 2015 is National Advance Care Planning Day in Canada. Help us spread the word – make your plan, update your status on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtag #ACPday2015 to encourage others to make their plan too!