Your patients want to talk about this with you, so why not start today.

As a healthcare provider, you have a role to play in ‘planting the seed’ with your patients. Introduce Advance Care Planning early…you and your patients will be happy you did.

Resources for You

SDM Conversation Starters  -Start by asking about their Substitute Decision Maker(s). It is easier than you might think.

ACP Conversation Starters  Try one of these opening lines to help your patients start their conversations.

Clinician Conversation GuideThis guide was produced by Dr. Jeff Myers & Nadia Incardona to help providers facilitate these conversations.

Speak Up Workbook (Ontario Edition) – A great resource you can share with your patients to guide their conversation.

Check out an EMR tool that can help you

Resources for your patients

Sharing resources with your patients is a helpful way to get them started in thinking about this information. Sharing correct resources is an important first step. You can then check in next time your patient comes for a visit.

Substitute Decision-Making Brochure

Speak Up Workbook 

Online interactive version here

Power of Attorney for Personal Care Brochure

Advance Care Planning Fact Sheet


Conversations Worksheet


Be sure to have our wallet cards available.

 Once someone has identified their SDM(s) they can fill out a wallet card. It is a great way to keep this information with them at all times.


Other Helpful Resources

There are lots of great resources out there designed to support you. Just be sure you are accessing resources that apply in Ontario as the laws across Canada are different.

Ministry of Attorney General

Power of Attorney Kit

Provincial Reports & Other Documents

Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship – March 2017 Law Commission Report

Health Care Consent, Advance Care Planning & Goals of Care Practice Tools: The Challenge to Getting this Right – Dec 2016 Law Commission Report