Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let others know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care.

Advance Care Planning means having discussions with your family and friends, especially your future Substitute Decision Maker(s). A Substitute Decision Maker is the person or people who will provide consent or refusal of consent for care and treatments for you if you are not mentally capable to do so for yourself.

You may never need your Advance Care Plan – but if you do, you will be glad that you have had these conversations. It is a way to make sure that your voice is heard when you cannot speak for yourself.

For more information about Advance Care Planning or to access on-line tools, please visit or email

Hospice Kingston also has Advance Care Planning tools available at our office.