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“Now I don’t have to guess”: Using Pamphlets to encourage residents and families/friends to engage in advance care planning in long-term care

Advance care planning (ACP) helps individuals with progressive, life-limiting illnesses communicate their preferences for end-of-life (EOL) care to family members and healthcare providers. Despite known benefits, ACP is rarely utilized in LTC settings. To address the barriers of ACP in LTC, our team developed, implemented, and evaluated the effects of disease-specific illness trajectory pamphlets (ITPs) for five life-limiting advanced clinical syndromes of high prevalence in LTC: dementia, heart failure, COPD, renal failure, and frailty.

What to expect at the end of life? (video)

As a loved approaches their final days, it can be difficult to know what to expect. This video explores what family and staff can expect for their loved one at the end of life.

Learning about Dementia and Care near the End of Life: Question Prompt Sheet

Asking questions of health care providers can sometimes be hard. Many of us simply do not know the questions we could be asking to help us better understand and plan for the future. This question prompt sheet has been designed to open up conversations between you, your family, and members of the health care staff. The answers to these questions may not be simple or straightforward; dementia affects each person in different ways.

Palliative Care Champion Team – Terms of Reference

The interprofessional palliative champion team is a key element necessary for the successful delivery of palliative care. This document can be adapted so that long-term care homes can create their own terms of reference for their palliative champion teams.

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