Getting help with planning
Do you need help so you can more easily understand some of the information on this website, how decision-making or making your plan for future serious illness works? If you do, we are happy to help. The resources referenced below are not free, however, they can help assist you with serious illness decision-making.
Dr. Daren Heyland
Dr. Daren Heyland, critical care specialist and creator of Plan Well Guide is available for telephone or videoconferencing. He can coach you to be sure you are planning for the medical care that is right for you. He charges $125 per 30-minute consultation. Dr. Heyland does not give medical advice on specific medical conditions or prescribe medications. Reach out via email if you are interested in this service.
Health Advocates help you navigate the healthcare system. They are experienced in advanced medical care planning and have been trained on the Plan Well Guide approach. Through experience and expertise within the system (nursing, medicine, paramedicine, social work, personal experience), they ensure you get the care you need so that you don’t fall through the cracks.
See below for links to more information regarding the following resources: Canadian Health Advocates Inc, which services across Canada and Navigate Your Health, which is a patient navigator service based out of Alberta as well as in4MED, which services people in need in Ontario.
Canadian Health Advocates Inc.
Paige helped simplify things for my wife and I when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer. She came with us to our Oncologist appointments and coached us on what questions to ask, reviewed what was talked about in simple terms and clarified our options.
Navigate Your Health
This is a personal patient navigation service, created by Kirstin Veugelers, PhD. The goal behind Navigate Your Health is to act as a place where people can go to find relief from stress and confusion around their interactions with the healthcare system.
Whether you are a patient or a caregiver, we offer a range of services to take the worry out of healthcare.
An end-of-life doula is someone who supports a person faced with an illness or terminal diagnosis. The end-of-life doula can educate, advocate for, and empower clients by starting the conversation about death and embracing the dying process early. By aligning the client needs with their expectations and wishes, the end-of-life doula can significantly improve the quality and dignity of the end-of-life journey.
The end-of-life doula’s work includes:
- Initiating pre-planning conversations,
- Helping to identify and capture priorities and wishes,
- Providing information about available resources,
- Assisting with creating and documenting end-of-life wishes such as Advance Care Plans,
- Sharing referrals and therapy awareness through our networked community.
All members of the End-of-Life Doula Association of Canada have received training in advanced care planning and are able to assist you in making your plan.
For more information on end-of-life doulas or if you require assistance in completing your plan please contact: