Healthcare Decisions: Services Offered

STEP 1

“THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS”  HEALTH CARE DECISIONS

Communicating Matters will:

  • Support you in making your decisions about your health care with your health practitioners if needed. This may involve attending medical appointments with you so that you can hear what is being said during anxious times.
  • Support you and your health care choices.
  • Help you to reason through the treatment options provided by your health practitioner, alone or with anyone else whom you want to have with you.
  • Help you to be clear about your health care decisions.
  • Help you articulate the values, beliefs and wishes that underlie the decisions that you have made.
  • Refer you to other resources to get additional information or help.

STEP 2

“COMMUNICATING YOUR IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE DECISIONS”

 will:

  • Prepare you for the conversation(s) :
    • Help you decide who you want to tell about your decisions. This may be your  family, your friends, or any other people who are significant to you.
    • Help you identify what you wish to share about your diagnosis, prognosis and treatment choices.
    • Help you to anticipate the communication and relationship dynamics with the significant people in your life.
  • Facilitate The Conversation(s)
    • Create an open meeting environment with some rules and boundaries so that you can talk about and share the information that you wish to.
    • Support you in responding to the reactions and emotions of the people who are important to you as they hear what you are saying.
    • Facilitate the conversation(s) so that you can clearly share your information in a way that can be heard by others during times of anxiety and stress.
    • Support you in responding to the reactions and emotions of the people who are important to you as they hear what you are saying.
  • Refer to other professionals:
    • If counselling is needed, Communicating Matters will provide information about other resources to  people who request help.