Navigating the BC Healthcare System

An Empowered Patient Education Blog

How to get the most out of the educational blogs

New blogs will be arriving all of the time and often in no particular order. To make the job of reading  a little easier, there is a list of subjects and blog articles below, that will help you read them  in order and a little more like a book. 

Keep checking back as the list will be growing by the week... and I'll never run out of things to share with you.

Happy reading!

Health Care and Advance Care Planning
Part 1:
Health Care Planning is for Right Now!
You are the keeper of your healthcare history.
Introduction to Advance Care Planning: An Overview.
Who will Speak for you? Introduction.
Who will Speak for You? Representation Agreements.
Part 2:
Understanding Resuscitation (No CPR and Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST)
Understanding Terms used in Resuscitation and Levels of Care
Determine where you are in your health journey.
Writing your values, beliefs and preferences for future care (Advance Directives; Living Wills)
Discussions with loved one's and doctors about your wishes and preferences for future care.

Empowered Patients
An Empowered Patient Checklist.
Why we're reluctant to do the work of crisis prevention.
The Power of the Notebook.
Become engaged with a T.E.A.M. approach - Guest blog: Claire Snyman.

The Art of Effective Communication: The Power of Staying Logical in Doctor's Appointments. 
Choice at End-of-Life
Understanding that Healthcare Communication is a mess - and how you can be part of the solution

Navigating the BC Healthcare System
Better care at doctor's appointments.
Get the care you need in the Emergency Room!
Improve Care in Hospitals.
Who is who in the hospital zoo: a communications survival guide.
Hospital Discharge Planning!
Understanding Home Care: Private versus Public: Costs and Limitations.
The Basics of Residential Care: Assisted Living vs Long Term Care; Public vs Private.
Understanding Palliative Care and Hospice: At Home and Facility Care.
How to Make a Complaint about Healthcare in BC.

End-of-Life Planning

Choice at End-of-Life
Embracing Life when Death Comes Knocking - Guest blog by Stephen Garrett.

Determining your values and beliefs for end-of-life.
The role of End-of-Life Doulas: 4 stories from the frontlines - Guest blog by Chelsea Peddle
A funeral director's guide to planning for your death - Guest blog by Ngaio Davis.

Medical Assistance in Dying
Understanding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
A Healthcare Navigator's Stories of MAID

Patient Advocate Editorials
Rights, Freedoms AND Responsibilities

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