Advance care planning more important now than ever
An important priority for CFN in recent years has been funding research into methods of increasing the use of, and access to, advance care planning by older Canadians. Advance care planning is a conversation between an individual and the people closest to them about their preferences for future care, often including end-of-life care. The preferences can be medical, but they can also be emotional or social, which could reflect a desire to avoid hospitalization or a wish to have family as close as possible.
“It’s not a pleasant thought, but if you have people close to you who are frail, you need to know that they are more at risk from COVID-19,” says Dr. Muscedere.