As people age and approach the end of their lives, the responsibility of making important healthcare decisions often falls on the shoulders of loved ones and caregivers. However, with advance care planning, individuals have the opportunity to take control of their future care and make their own decisions about the kind of health and medical treatments they would like to receive or refuse.
“Advance care planning is a crucial step in ensuring that your wishes and preferences for future care are respected and upheld,” said Jake Miller, Librarian for Adult Programming. “It’s a chance for people to consider and reflect on what is most important to them in their later years and reduce the decision-making burden on loved ones.”
On January 31st, the Kingston chapter of Compassionate Communities will be hosting an Advance Care Planning session at the Isabel Turner Branch, running from 6:30-8pm. The session, led by experienced professionals, will provide a neutral, welcoming environment for individuals to learn about and discuss their options for future care.
“These sessions are a great starting point for making significant and often difficult decisions,” Miller explained. “KFPL and Compassionate Communities provide a comfortable space where people can feel safe and informed while exploring their options.”
Registration is required for the event and can be completed online through the Kingston Frontenac Public Library website or by phone at 613-549-8888.
With advance care planning, individuals have the power to take control of their future care and ensure that their wishes and preferences are respected.