Bruce Peninsula Hospice releases Stepping Stones, a conversation planning guide for future health, personal care and living well.
Bruce Peninsula Hospice is delighted to mark National Advance Care Planning Day on April 16th, with the release of “Stepping Stones”, a guide to help local residents reflect, plan and have conversations with family and friends about topics related to future health, personal care and living well. The 24 page guide includes top 10 topics to discuss such as: What needs to be done in case of an emergency? What are my plans for my sunset years? Who will speak for me if I am no longer mentally capable of making personal and health care decisions myself? And where is the important stuff kept?
Developed by Bruce Peninsula Hospice with support from Community Foundation Grey Bruce, the guide will be available at no cost to members of our local community while supplies last and an online version is available. Simply click here to request the link. Stepping Stones includes a list of additional resources and is meant to be a companion piece to Ontario specific advance care planning materials found at speakupontario.ca.
Providing an approachable workbook-type format was an important aim of the project undertaken by the Community Education Committee of Bruce Peninsula Hospice (BPH). Volunteer Berdina Johnston helped co-draft the guide with BPH Manager, Nancy Forgrave, and describes Stepping Stones as being “easily understood and written so that anyone can pick it up and use”.
The benefits of thinking about our wishes for future personal and health care and having these conversations with friends and family are underscored — how it helps reduce stress, sets an example and makes the uncomfortable, comfortable. Stepping Stones suggests having these conversations when we are healthy and renewing these conversations regularly — making them a habit!
National Advance Care Planning Day is held every year on April 16th. The theme for 2018 is team support. The hope is that by sharing what is important through having these conversations, family and friends can be supported in the case of an emergency or illness. Chair of Bruce Peninsula Hospice, Paul Lavigne states, “we hope Stepping Stones will be a useful resource for residents of our local community to foster communication among family and friends”.
Bruce Peninsula Hospice is grateful for the support of Community Foundation Grey Bruce and to Hospice Northwest whose guide, Don’t Duck the Conversation was a model for Stepping Stones. Bruce Peninsula Hospice plans to have copies available at speaking events and displays – to request a speaker or to order a copy, please contact us at 519-534-1260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.