These resources can help you think more about your values and preferences, and give you more information about medical care, treatments and decisions:

Graphic Values History Tools can help you better explain your values or what’s important to you when you consider your wishes for future medical treatments. They contain text and graphic images to help you consider the acceptability or unacceptability of various health conditions. They can be very helpful for patients at risk of developing dementia, stroke or other disabling neurological disorders. If you use these tools, make sure you keep them with your “Dear Doctor” letter and other important planning documents.
What’s important to me – Patient version
What’s important to me – Substitute Decision Maker version

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – watch this video to learn more about CPR and whether it’s right for you or a loved one.

“Advance Care Planning Conversations” – watch a video featuring families, doctors and researchers who have had advance care planning discussions.

Learn how to decide on a Substitute Decision Maker by watching this video:

Are you a Substitute Decision Maker? Here’s what you should know:


My ICU guide – this website for families of critically ill patients includes valuable resources and information about what to expect in the ICU and also includes a questionnaire that can be used to help you and the health care team make important medical decisions.

Legal Terms in your province territory each province and territory in Canada uses different terms to describe documents and people who would speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself. This page provides common terms used in each province and territory

Plan Well Guide (short version) – get the medical care that is right for you.

ICU Terms and Treatments – learn more about different ICU terms and medical treatments, and the professionals who work there.

These Netflix movies give real-life examples of serious illness and end-of-life decision-making in the hospital and in hospice care:
Extremis: a video about end-of-life decision-making in the Intensive Care Unit
End Game: a movie that explores the end-of-life support systems provided by doctors, nurses, and hospice professionals


Learn more about serious illness decision making:
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