Living with advanced heart failure is difficult, and the medical decisions can be complicated. It helps to communicate with others about your personal priorities regarding your care and your quality of life. You may wish to explore the following resources.
This communication tool, developed by a provincial Heart Failure working group, can help you and your family document details about how you want to be cared for. It should be reviewed with your health care provider to ensure he or she understands your personal care priorities and wishes.
Advance care planning is the process of thinking about, and writing down, your wishes or instructions for future health care treatment in the event you become incapable of deciding for yourself. A useful website for information about advance care planning is www.AdvanceCarePlanning.ca.
Palliative care is a service available for people living with any disease, at any age and at any stage of an illness. You don't need to stop your medical care to receive palliative care. Palliative care can help with managing symptoms, maximizing quality of life, providing spiritual and psychological support, and discussing goals of care with you and your family. Your health care provider can help you access palliative care services in your community.