Families need to plan for end-of-life issues

Winnipeg Health Region marks Advance Care Planning Day
with campaign to help patients, families & health-care providers
have "those difficult conversations"

Read more

Advance Care Planning

For Health Professionals

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Helping your loved ones navigate the end of their life, helping them have a say about how they want to be treated when they can no longer communicate, and getting them to tell you what they do and do not want in terms of life-saving treatment is all part of Advance Care Planning.

It’s also part of a discussion the Winnipeg Health Region wants all families to have before someone in their life gets seriously ill or is in a horrific accident.

“These are difficult conversations to have,” said Lori Lamont, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “But they are also very important conversations to have regardless of your age or current health status. You never know what’s going to happen, so you need to be prepared.

“That’s why today has been designated National Advance Care Planning Day, to raise awareness about this very important topic, not just here in Winnipeg, but across the country.”

Lamont said the Region is doing its bit to help families raise and discuss the issue among themselves, with their health-care providers or their best friend. “Each of us is in the best position to know who we want and should have these conversations with. But we’re also the ones who really don’t want to talk about it. We avoid it.”

To help facilitate these discussions, the Winnipeg Health Region has designed a helpful workbook to help guide members of the public “have those difficult conversations,” she said. The workbook, along with other resources (including a Health Care Directive form) is posted on the Region’s website in order to make them readily available to the public.

Lamont said the Region is also preparing health-care providers to help their patients with these conversations.

“Over the next couple of months we will be promoting and educating health-care professionals on how to engage in Advanced Care Planning conversations with people they provide care for, their families or advocates,” said Lamont. “As health-care providers we all strive to provide the best quality care. By knowing in advance what type of care people wish for today, this will help guide our health-care decisions for them in the future.”

Bookmark Email Print Share this on Facebook SHARE Share this on Twitter Tweet RSS Feeds RSS
Make text smaller Make text bigger
Traditional Territories Acknowledgement
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority acknowledges that it provides health services in facilities located in Treaty One and Treaty Five territories, the homelands of the Métis Nation and the original lands of the Inuit people. The WRHA respects and acknowledges harms and mistakes, and we dedicate ourselves to collaborate in partnership with First Nation, Métis and Inuit people in the spirit of reconciliation.
Click here to read more about the WRHA's efforts towards reconciliation

WRHA Accessibility Plan Icon
Wait Times
View the Winnipeg Health Region's current approximate Emergency Department and Urgent Care wait times.

View wait times
Find Services
Looking for health services in Winnipeg?

Call Health Links-Info Sante at 788-8200

Search 211 Manitoba

Explore alternatives to emergency departments at

Find a Doctor
Contact Us
Do you have any comments or concerns?

Click here to contact us
The Winnipeg Health Region has a variety of career opportunities to suit your unique goals and needs.

Visit our Careers site
WRHA Logo Help| Terms of Use | Contact Us | En français