Collaborative Care Algoma is a team of Registered Nurses who offer support and education at no cost to our community members, healthcare partners, patients, and their families.
How We Can Support You
Facilitate Advance Care Planning conversations to help you explore what is important to you - sharing your values, beliefs, and discussing what brings meaning to your life.
Provide education and presentations on advance care planning, goals of care discussions, the palliative approach to care, and end-of-life planning
Assist you with navigating the healthcare system
Explore end-of-life planning
What is Advance Care Planning?
Advance Care Planning (ACP) involves identifying your substitute decision maker(s) (SDM), reflecting on your health and personal care wishes, and sharing what is important to you to prepare the SDM(s) to make future health and personal care decisions that align with your values and beliefs.
Who is My Substitute Decision Maker (SDM)?
Everyone in Ontario has an SDM. This is the person or people who are legally allowed to make healthcare decisions for you if you are not mentally capable of making the decision yourself.
How to Start Talking About Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning is about sharing what’s important to you. Oftentimes ACP is not explored early enough in life, leading to anxiety or regret in the event of a sudden health incident. Tara Shannon's 'SAY' video speaks to the importance of Advance Care Planning in Canada.
The lyrics encourage people to have important conversations with their Substitute Decision Maker(s).
Advance Care Planning Conversation Guide
This document serves to guide you in exploring your wishes for health and personal care to support you and your Substitute Decision Maker(s) for future decision-making when you are no longer mentally capable.
Information for Healthcare Providers
It is important to recognize the growing need for Advance Care Planning (ACP), Goals of Care (GoC), and Person Centered Decision Making (PCDM). Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) has developed tools and resources to help Health Care Providers initiate and build on these conversations.
If you wish to refer to one of our Early Resource Nurses, please fill out this form. It is never too early to start these conversations.
Early Resource Nurse
Early Resource Nurse
Alisha is an Early Resource Nurse with the Collaborative Care Algoma team. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2010 and has practised in various areas of healthcare across the continuum: Intensive Care, Emergency, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Medical/Surgical Units, and Palliative Care. Alisha is certified as an Advanced Patient Navigator and enjoys assisting clients in navigating the complex healthcare system.
Alisha enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, valuing quality time together. Outside of work, Alisha enjoys hiking, biking, and camping.
Tracy is an Early Resource Nurse with the Collaborative Care Algoma team. She graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1992 and has practised in various areas of healthcare across the continuum: Critical Care, Geriatrics, Palliative Care, Leadership, Process Improvement, and Program Development. Tracy is certified as an Advanced Patient Navigator and is eager to support clients in navigating the complicated healthcare system.
Tracy values quality time with her husband and three children. She enjoys travelling, walking, and spending time with friends.