Don’t let a stranger make personal decisions for you. Most people don’t want to think about what will happen if they become ill or incapacitated. Who will take care of them? Who will speak for them and uphold their values and beliefs? How will others know what they want?
Planning for the future can also become confusing with all the different conversations, terms, and documents. What are substitute decision makers, powers of attorney, and advance directives, and do you even need them?
Advance Care Planning is a practical guide to advance directives, living wills, and other documents and strategies for communicating your health- and personal-care preferences. It explains what can be done to communicate your wishes, and how to do it, in a straightforward and caring way.
Author Connie Jorsvik has worked in and around the health-care industry for more than 30 years, and has seen firsthand what happens when people don’t have a plan, and also how things can turn out when they do. Jorsvik shares her experience in this book in hopes that readers will be empowered to put together personalized plans, communicate them with those who matter, and make them legal so they can be carried out when necessary.
Life takes many unexpected turns. This book will show you how planning for the future can help you avoid some of the unwanted ones.
About the author
Connie Jorsvik, BSN was a registered nurse for 25 years, 10 of which were spent in general surgery and high-risk maternity, and the other 15 years in cardiac medical surgical nursing. She also spent 3 years as a Specialty Recruiter the largest health authority in BC, recruiting nurses and new graduates for all positions. 5 years as a health insurance broker with Sunlife and London Life, specializing in Critical Care and Long-term Care insurance. Since 2013 Connie has been the sole proprietor of Patient Pathways, the largest independent healthcare navigation and advocacy business of its kind in Western Canada. The cornerstone of her business is Advance Care Planning: planning ahead through conversations and documents for serious illness and end-of-life.