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Welcome to our New Website!

Since we first launched this site over two years ago, we have been listening to our users and partners and thinking of ways we can expand on and improve the content and tools available within Plan Well Guide. We have received a lot of feedback from people who have used the site, created their plans, as well as planning professionals and those in the health care sector to learn more about how we can provide a more seamless and engaging experience.

The Important Role of Advocacy: How do you know if you (or your loved one) is receiving the best medical care?

If you are going to navigate the complexities of our current health care system you likely need to have someone with experience in the medical field to help and act as your advocate. I am aware of how fortunate I was to be able to play the role of my father’s primary health advocate and that may not be the case for everyone.

Long-term Care & Long-term Challenges

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on older individuals living in long-term care (LTC) settings. The majority of deaths in most countries around the world have been in LTC settings (>80%).[i] This pandemic has highlighted the horrific problems with family visiting privileges, communication and care planning, and adequacy of basic care provided to residents in LTC. With the exception of restricting family visitation rights because of safety concerns due to COVID-19 infection risks, the problems being brought to the surface are sadly not new at all. The pandemic has just shined a spotlight on the under resourced section of our health care system.

Don’t want to be a burden on your family when you are older?

Advance Serious Illness Planning is not the same thing as Advance Care Planning. To illustrate, I would like to share and experience of a family member called to step in and make life and death decisions for a loved one.

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Did you Erroneously sign up for comfort measures only?

It is likely you have heard the term ‘comfort measures only’ in the context of medical care and planning. Have you expressed a preference for comfort measures only? Are you sure you have the right preference?

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How can we get lawyers to change the way they do advance medical care planning with their clients?

People feel like doing medical planning with a lawyer is an appropriate thing to do! On the other hand, lawyers feel legitimized to develop medical plans with their clients. To me, it's like asking your hairdresser to fix your car.

The Journey of Plan Well Guide

We’ve gone from having a few conversations with people about advance medical care planning to creating an accessible online tool, to performing an RCT and publishing research articles about how beneficial it is, to now helping people prepare and plan for serious illness amid the coronavirus pandemic. What started out as something small has blossomed into something larger which we’re so proud of, as it has allowed us the opportunity to truly help people prepare for things most important to them.

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