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Decisions about Goals of Care designations usually come up through conversations between you, your agent or loved ones, and your healthcare team.
It helps to think and talk about your own wishes for healthcare in case you’re ever not able to tell your loved ones or healthcare team what your wishes are. If you became really sick tomorrow, would your loved ones or healthcare team know what your wishes were?
Here are some starting points for your own conversations:
It’s important to me to talk about what I mean by quality of life.
Your healthcare team will talk to you about the goals for your care:
In most cases, you, your agent, your loved ones and your healthcare team will agree about the Goals of Care designation that's most appropriate for you. However, if there is a time when reaching an agreement is hard to do, there is a dispute resolution process in place to help support decision-making. Ask your healthcare provider for more information.
The Goals of Care designation order is documented on an Alberta Health Services form by your doctor or nurse practitioner. It’s recognized across healthcare services.
Your Goals of Care Designation, along with a copy of your Personal Directive and any other advance care planning documents is kept in a plastic Green Sleeve. Keep your Green Sleeve on or near your fridge, as that is where healthcare providers such as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will look for it if they come to your home.
Any time you go to the hospital or to any healthcare provider, take your Green Sleeve with you,—and be sure to take it with you when you leave. Your Green Sleeve is an important part of communicating your advanced care plan and Goals of Care Designation.
Ask your healthcare provider how to get a Green Sleeve.
Current as of: April 2, 2018
Author: Palliative and End of Life Care Team, Alberta Health Services
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