Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL), in partnership with Compassionate Communities Kingston, is offering online seminars to introduce Kingston and area residents to Advance Care Planning.
“Have you thought about what will be most important to you if you become seriously ill or injured, or near the end of life? Who will speak for you if you are unable, and have you clearly communicated your beliefs, values, and wishes to them?” asked the library in a media release. “Advance care planning helps you arrange for future care needs, to ensure your directions will be respected and carried out.”
According to the release, learning how to choose a substitute decision-maker now, and communicating your future care needs to them, can allow you to maintain responsibility for your autonomy. This also helps avoid family disputes or agonizing dilemmas in the future, the library said.
“You never know when a sudden illness may arise, or a serious accident may happen,” said Anne Hall, Programming and Outreach Librarian. “This seminar from Compassionate Communities Kingston will help you plan for your future needs so your wishes will be respected and carried out if you ever can’t speak for yourself.”
The identical seminars will take place on the second Tuesday of each month, from January 11 through May 10. The library said that those who have attended previous sessions and have questions about advance care planning are always welcome to register for a new session.
Register online at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/5869982 or by phone at (613) 549-8888. Registration for the January 11 session is now open. Registrants will be emailed the link immediately upon registration and will need to download Zoom in advance.