Residents of long-term care homes deserve to receive care that reflects their values and wishes, and to participate in decisions about their lives and care. In an ideal world, people moving into a long-term care setting would already have engaged in Advance Care Planning (ACP). But that is not always the case.
Advance Care Planning in Canada is proud to announce the release of Essential Conversations: A Guide to Advance Care Planning in Long-Term Care Settings. It is a must-have toolkit for those involved in planning for and providing long-term care – health care providers working in long-term care settings, administrators, regional health authorities and policy makers – to understand and implement best practices in Advance Care Planning and palliative approaches in long-term care.
The comprehensive, easy-to-read guide features several tools to guide the implementation of the ACP process in long-term care settings:
- When and how Advance Care Planning should happen in Long-Term Care
- Tips and Tools for Integrating Advance Care Planning into Long-Term Care
- Training and Supporting the Long-Term Care Team
The guide was developed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association in partnership with the Strengthening a Palliative Approach in Long-Term Care (SPA-LTC) pan-Canadian team of health and social science researchers and Advance Care Planning in Canada, in consultation with long-term care and ACP experts across Canada.