Serious illness can happen at any time. Have you equipped your loved ones to know what to do if you were to experience a serious illness?
Plan Well Guide has developed the world’s first 360 Degree Virtual Reality ICU experience allowing you to step into the role of a patient experiencing a critical illness. Get virtually transported to the ICU, where your loved ones will be called upon to make life and death decisions on your behalf.
You can use your mobile phone, tablet or computer – no VR headset required!
Tilt your phone or tablet to look left and right, up and down. If you’re using a computer, press and hold down the mouse then drag the mouse around the screen to experience the 360 video.
If you’re using an Apple device or are having trouble playing the video, view on YouTube for the full 360 Degree experience!
If you have completed your legal planning documents and/or a traditional advance care plan (ACP), you may not be as prepared as you think. Medical evidence shows that traditional efforts to prepare people are not working! Consequently, sick, vulnerable patients are getting the wrong medical and personal care and families are experiencing undue stress and anxiety and even conflict. Plan Well Guide is on a mission to change that!
Better-prepare your loved ones by completing an Advance Serious Illness Plan. This new physician-created planning approach will help you learn the language of expressing your values and preferences that will be most useful to your future doctors, to be sure you get the medical care that is right for you. Your values and preferences will be captured in planning documents that will thoroughly prepare your family to make life and death medical decisions, personal care decisions, and to manage your finances on your behalf in the event you are incapacitated.
In my wildest dreams, I would never have envisioned using this information as soon as we did. A few months later…
I just wanted to thank you for involving us in your planning seminars.We did read through the information, filled it out, talked to our children about our decisions and ultimately knew what we wanted the end to look like. In my wildest dreams, I would never have envisioned using this information as soon as we did.
A few months later, on September 4th, Gary fell, hit his head and ended up in a life threatening situation with a severe brain trauma. He was air lifted to the ICU at Foothills Hospital in Calgary where he spent the next couple of weeks.He passed away peacefully September 19th.He had an opportunity to communicate [not verbally but with his eyes & hand squeezing] with each of our children and with me, which the Doctors said was a miracle.Indeed it was a miracle and we were truly blessed to have those special moments with him.
Although this was one of the hardest experiences of my life, it was made easier by our planning exercise with you. When the doctor’s approached me to make decisions on Gary’s behalf, I didn’t want the stress of taking that responsibility all by myself and was so grateful that I heard Gary’s voice and was able to communicate his wishes to the doctors. The planning helped me understand what he would have wanted. And because he had already discussed those wishes with our children, they also understood what was best to do. It was so helpful to have the family ‘all on the same page.’
I feel it is so important to talk about these things. You don’t want to feel guilty about what was done. You want to feel like you honored your loved ones’ last wishes. I strongly encourage others to engage in this planning exercise- don’t procrastinate this task because you never know when you will need it!
My husband’s health was declining and we were uncertain how best to plan for the future. Our family doctor was not…
My husband’s health was declining and we were uncertain how best to plan for the future. Our family doctor was not helpful but the home care nurse suggested we ask to get involved in the special clinic where your Plan Well materials were being presented. Initially, we found the experience very intimidating because we had no idea about the different types of medical care that we had to considered. But we found the materials very straightforward, very easy to understand, and very helpful. Although we found it uncomfortable to talk about death and dying, we knew we need to push through this and finalize our plan and discuss with our family and our doctor. Those conversations went really well, because we knew what we wanted to have happen.
After all was said and done, we had a tremendous sense of ‘relief’ that we were better informed and better prepared for what might come in the future.
We were both quite impressed that there is something out there like this that provides us with all this information, that we are…
My mother is 95 and had trouble navigating the website so I sat with her and went through all the material and watched all the videos. We were both quite impressed that there is something out there like this that provides us with all this information, that we are not left up to ourselves to figure this all out. We found the website very informative and helpful. The introductory video was particularly compelling. We had never thought of many of these important things before. Thank you for involving us in this program.
Working directly with seniors and caregivers in support services, I see the value in what the Plan Well Guide offers families. We never…
Working directly with seniors and caregivers in support services, I see the value in what the Plan Well Guide offers families. We never know when a serious illness, accident or medical diagnosis may strike that requires important decision making. Planting the seed about having the tough discussion informs family members, friends and neighbours about taking control of their own values and wishes. It gives each of us a voice of how we want to be cared for if and when that time comes. Dr. Heyland’s presentation clearly establishes the need for creating one’s personalized advance plan.
A difficult period in our life which we all must face, and which many of us would simply prefer to ignore.My father died last August…
Thanks a million for responding. Your interview on CBC was very interesting and helpful. A difficult period in our life which we all must face, and which many of us would simply prefer to ignore. My father died last August and I am presently executor of his estate. I cringe simply thinking that our children will also eventually be responsible for us at some point. We are trying to make the process as clear and painless as possible. With all the effort you have put into Plan Well Guide, everyone will now be better able to reach such a goal.
Thank you so very much! God bless you.
This was a tremendous exercise to help me understand the risks and benefits of different kinds of medical...
This was a tremendous exercise to help me understand the risks and benefits of different kinds of medical interventions and care and how they intersect with what I want for myself. The letters produced at the end were an absolute bonus. Made it so easy to have what could have been a sensitive and difficult conversation. My husband was not interested in doing the exercise himself, but after reading my SDS letter said he would like to do one as well. Dispels the fear around this topic!