How to Prevent Future Family Conflict

When a loved one is dying or experiencing a serious illness, family conflict can easily arise as decisions need to be made in an emotionally charged situation. How can we prevent future family conflict from happening? Much can be learned from those that have gone before you on the same path. When I am out […]

Long-term Care

long term care home residency

If you, or a loved one is living in long-term care and doing your advance serious illness planning, here are some things to think about. Is the Long-term Care home the best location? Some people will develop a serious illness while residing in a long-term care home. Many patients view staying at their residence, rather […]

Introduction to Will & Estate Planning

last will and testament documents

Why Having a Will is Important To understand why will and estate planning is important, let’s begin by sharing a reference we will likely recall seeing on the news several years ago. The famous musician, Prince, was rumoured to have died without a will.[1] Ironically, while he was alive he took great care of maintaining […]

Entrusting Financial Decisions in a Power of Attorney

Who is going to make decisions for you if you can’t? In situations where you are alive but unable to look after yourself, other people will need to make decisions for you. They may take part in deciding: what kind of medical treatments you receive where you live what kind of clothes you wear what […]

Why we need to plan for serious illness, not end-of-life

patient with serious illness in hospital bed

We all need to start doing advance serious illness planning (not traditional advance care planning) right now. Like many Canadians, these past 20 odd months have forced me to reflect more on my health, the health of my family, and the health of the health care system. I see how the pandemic brought tremendous change […]

Preparing for Future Periods of Incapacitation

Many people plan for their death by creating a will, and prepaying for their funeral. But what is less common is planning for the possibility of becoming incapacitated. However, planning for incapacitation is just as important. If one fails to plan, it can cause a lot of strife and conflict amongst their loved ones. Legal […]

What is Comfort Care?

Woman receiving comfort care

Comfort care can be provided in a hospital, a long-term care home, a hospice, or at home. The goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible, so the focus is NOT on curing you. For example, you may receive medications to help with pain or breathing problems. However, you may not receive curative treatments, […]

What is Medical Care?

Patient receiving medical care

Medical care is given in the general part of the hospital, often known as a hospital ward. People who are receiving it usually have conditions such as: Infections, like pneumonia, that is not bad enough to require ICU care  problems due to an ongoing disease, such as diabetes  mild heart attacks or strokes the need […]

Must-know Statistics about ICU Care

Patient in ICU care

What is ICU Care? When patients need intensive care for serious illness or organ failure, they may be cared for in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Patients may be in the ICU because of:  severe infection or bleeding breathing problems a bad accident major surgery Along with strong medicines, there are several machines used in […]

How can women receive more equitable care? #BreakTheBias

Dr. Heyland stands for women in healthcare. #BreakTheBias

March 8th is International Women’s Day. The theme for this day is to #breakthebias. “Imagine a gender equal world.A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.A world where difference is valued and celebrated.Together we can forge women’s equality.Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.” ~ https://www.internationalwomensday.com Inequitable Healthcare  There is […]