Advance Care Planning Waterloo Wellington
The Waterloo Wellington Advance Care Planning Education Program “Conversations Worth Having” is a 3 year initiative funded by the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network. Launched in 2015, this program is uniquely designed to engage the general public, community professionals and health care providers to build understanding and capacity for Advance Care Planning across Guelph/Wellington and Waterloo Region.
This project is focused on CHANGE; change in awareness, attitudes, knowledge and behaviours associated with advance care planning. Even more specifically, Conversations Worth Having is focused on raising awareness of the role of the Substitute Decision-Maker (SDM) in Ontario and encouraging the conversations that can equip an SDM to make health care decisions for an individual when that person is mentally incapable of making those decisions for him/herself.
Conversations Worth Having represents a partnership between Hospice Waterloo Region and Hospice Wellington. These two organizations are working together to promote Advance Care Planning, leveraging their networks and connections across Waterloo Region and Guelph/Wellington to support this initiative. The program is also supported and guided by a steering committee of local champions representing both our community and our health care providers across Waterloo Region and Guelph/Wellington. We are pleased to include the following key decision makers and influencers in this esteemed group:
|COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS||HEALTH CARE CHAMPIONS|
|Goldie Barth||Public Representative||Janice MacDonald||Guelph General Hospital|
|John Milloy||Waterloo Lutheran Seminary||Wendy Filiatrault||peopleCare A.R Goudie LTC|
|Ted Giesbrecht||Giesbrecht, Griffin, Funk and Irvine LLP||Ruth Auber||University Gates LTC|
|Cathy Brothers||Capacity Canada||Dana Khan||Community Care Access Centre, WW|
|Jim Kibble||Financial/Estate Planner||Dr. Rachael Halligan||Regional Primary Care Cancer Lead|
|Tyler Hortie||Cohen Highley LLP Lawyers||Emmi Perkins||Waterloo Wellington Integrated Hospice Palliative Care Program|
|Cam Skipper||McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home||Dr. Alison Williams||Upper Grand Family Health Team|
|Judy Nairn||Hospice Waterloo Region||Dr. Jean Skillman||Cambridge Physician|
|Todd Fraleigh||Hospice Wellington (Corresponding)||Denise Squire||Woolwich Community Health Centre|
|Chris Bigelow||Pain & Symptom Management Consultant|
WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED
The Conversations Worth Having Program team has been working hard on the ground and through extensive engagement we have learned from our community to shape a program for our community. Learn more from our stats, our reports and from what we have heard and been able to accomplish.
Year 1 Infographic
Year 2 Infographic
Coming soon…Program Evaluation Reports
“Education and information of Substitute Decision-Maker (SDM) is critical… this can be very confusing for the SDM if not updated. People assume that they have it covered, but the SDM doesn’t understand their role, or they are named but didn’t know it, or aren’t fulfilling their duties, or in some cases have even passed away.”
Comment from a session participant
HOW OUR TEAM CAN HELP
The Conversations Worth Having Program team includes 3 full time staff focused on engaging directly with the general public, community professionals and health care providers across Waterloo Region and Guelph/Wellington. This team is available to provide you with the resources, education and support needed to participate and encourage correct advance care planning conversations.