Here is a compilation of frequently asked questions about Advance Care Planning (ACP).
What is Advance Care Planning (ACP)?
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a way to let you and doctors know how your loved ones want to be cared for in the event that they become unable to make decisions for themselves. ACP allows them to make these decisions ahead of time, discuss the values that underlie their decisions, write down their wishes and communicate them with you and the rest of the family members. These could include preferences for:
Talking openly about their care wishes with the rest of their family members can gives your loved ones a peace of mind and relieves your burden of having to make difficult decisions on their behalf when they no longer can make decisions for themselves.
Who needs Advance Care Planning (ACP)?
How do I start Advance Care Planning (ACP)?
Here are the steps to start your ACP journey:
Where can Advance Care Plan be done?
When will the doctors act on the wishes in my loved one's Advance Care Plan?
The objective of ACP is to help your loved ones have a say in their healthcare when they no longer have mental capacity. As long as they have mental capacity, they will be consulted on their preferences.
Do my loved ones need a lawyer to do Advance Care Planning (ACP)?
Can my loved ones change their mind after an Advance Care Planning (ACP) discussion?
They may contact their ACP service provider to update their Advance Care Plan.
Who can my loved ones appoint as their voice or “Nominated Healthcare Spokesperson (NHS)"?
ACP is also a conversation with the person or people who will represent your loved ones if they cannot speak for themselves. Their Nominated Healthcare Spokesperson speaks for them when they do not have capacity to decide for themselves or to communicate their wishes.
This person would ideally:
They may nominate up to two NHSs. Both NHs should be clear and in agreement about what their preferences are.
What are the differences between Advance Care Planning (ACP), Advance Medical Directive (AMD) and Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?
The ACP, AMD and LPA are different but complementary tools which can help your loved ones plan ahead.
If my loved ones have done their Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Advance Medical Directive (AMD), do they need to do Advance Care Planning (ACP)?
A Lasting Power of Attorney grants their donee legal rights to make decisions for them. But it’s also important to make an Advance Care Plan with those who will make decisions about their care – they may have questions about their wishes. Examples of personal welfare matters include where they should live, day to day care decisions (e.g what to wear and eat) and whom they may have contact with.
An Advance Medical Directive only states if they would like to refuse life prolonging treatment; it does help you and healthcare team to plan for all other aspects of their care.
Does doing Advance Care Planning (ACP) mean that the doctor will not treat my loved ones?
No, the doctors are bound by medical ethics and the law to make sure that your loved ones' best interests are protected.
Doing ACP gives your loved ones a chance to make plans ahead, and helps the doctors to treat your loved ones in their best interests.
How much is Advance Care Planning (ACP)?
It is best to check the cost with the ACP provider directly.
Please visit our ACP Directory for their contact details.
Can I be an ACP facilitator?