Madam Speaker, most Islanders are aware of how important it is to talk to their loved ones about end of life care, but, because it is an uncomfortable topic, they choose not to.
Today is National Advance Care Planning Day, Madam Speaker, and it is a good time to start that conversation.
Madam Speaker, Health PEI and groups like Hospice PEI are doing great work in providing information and education to Islanders regarding advance care planning.
I would like to recognize an individual in the gallery here today, Marilyn Lowther, Chair of the Education Committee for Hospice PEI.
Madam Speaker, In Prince Edward Island, advance care planning can include appointing a Health Care Proxy or making a Health Care Directive (or a Living Will) to set out your wishes, values and preferences for care.
Madam Speaker, Health PEI is in the process of integrating advance care planning in to all of our Long Term Care facilities and is joining a national campaign to increase awareness.
The National Advance Care Planning in Canada initiative – “Speak Up”, encourages everyone to tell their stories about why they started their process.
Madam Speaker there is a misconception that advance care planning is only for seniors or people with terminal illnesses… but, that is not the case…
We cannot predict the future and accidents and illnesses can, and do, occur suddenly, so it is important to be prepared.
The Department of Health and Wellness and Health PEI are offering Islanders an opportunity to learn more about developing their own plans.
On April 23 and 30, Islanders are invited to attend public information sessions with experts who will provide advice and answer questions about how individuals can start their own advance care planning process.
Madam Speaker, more information about these workshops and advance care planning is available at www.healthpei.ca/advancecareplanning.