Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL), in partnership with Compassionate Communities Kingston, are offering free sessions on Advance Care Planning through KFPL Zoom programming.
“Have you thought about what would be most important to you if you became seriously ill or injured, or if you were near the end of life?” asks Anne Hall, Librarian, Programming & Outreach at KFPL, in a release from the library dated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. “Who would speak for you if you were unable, and have you communicated your beliefs, values and wishes clearly to them? Advance Care Planning helps you arrange for your future care needs so your values, beliefs and wishes will be respected and carried out. It can lessen some of the stress on your family during an anxious time.”
A 2019 Nanos poll found that while 80 per cent of Canadian think it’s important to do Advance Care Planning, fewer than one in five actually have a plan, only 36 per cent have discussed it with family and friends, and only 8 per cent with their health care provider, according to the release. KFPL says only 7 per cent have spoken to a lawyer.
Compassionate Communities Kingston offers a free interactive online seminar on Advance Care Planning, to show how to think about your values and wishes, and how to get conversations started with family and friends, the library said in the release. Take part to discover what to include in your Advance Care Plan, how to choose a Substitute Decision Maker, and how to clearly communicate your future care needs to them. According to the release, planning now can allow you to maintain responsibility for your own autonomy and help to avoid family disputes or agonizing dilemmas.
KFPL and Compassionate Communities Kingston will be offering several sessions of this seminar, in two stages: first, a 90-minute Introduction, and then a 90-minute follow-up session. Advance Care Planning: An Introduction will be offered three times in February:
- Tuesday, February 2, 2021: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, February 18, 2021: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 27: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The follow-up Advance Care Planning: A Review for Past Attendees will take place a month later, allowing you to start your Plan and to begin those conversations with family and friends before coming back with additional questions:
- Thursday, March 4, 2021: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
- Monday, March 22, 2021: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 10, 2021: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
All three Introduction sessions are identical, as are all three Review sessions. KFPL says space is limited, so please register for only one Introduction and one Review seminar. Register online at calendar.kfpl.ca or by phone at (613) 549-8888. A Zoom link will be emailed immediately upon registration.