Advance Care Planning begins an open conversation about your wishes and goals for care.
Start with reflecting on your values, wishes, and even quirks. This will help you to be clearer and more confident with your choices.
You may use the
ACP workbook to explore and share your care preferences. You don't have to write down their wishes, although it can be helpful for you to refer to in the future.
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is also about having a conversation important people who will be your voice if you cannot speak for themselves – we call this person a Nominated Healthcare Spokesperson (NHS).
Pick someone you trust and feel comfortable sharing their wishes and concerns with. The best people to talk with are family, or in some instances, trusted friends.
Your NHS would ideally:
Talking with your NHS is the best way to make sure that their concerns are heard and your wishes are carried out. These conversations can vary and there is no right way of doing it.
Talking about an event that affected you
Making plans for the future
I have just updated my Lasting Power of Attorney, and there is a part about making decision for my personal welfare. I would like to chat with you about this.
Just being plain about it
Documenting your ACP makes it available to their treating healthcare team when needed.
Click here to find an ACP provider.
As your life changes, so may your life goals and decisions. You may continue to make changes to your ACP as long as you have mental capacity.
Read over your ACP every few years to make sure that it is still current. In addition, it is a good idea to review your ACP after the following events:
If you have made changes to the ACP, remember to update your NHS too so that they will be up-to-date with your new ACP.
Find an ACP facilitator near you using our Directory here.
Click on the following pages to get more details on Advance Care Planning.
All About ACP
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is the process of planning for future health and personal care. It includes discussing one’s personal beliefs and goals for care with their loved ones and healthcare providers.
Simple Steps For ACP
Advance Care Planning begins with your loved ones having an open conversation with you about their wishes and goals for care.
Other Ways To Plan Ahead
Apart from Advance Care Planning (ACP), there are other tools that can aid you and your loved ones in planning ahead should you lose mental capacity.
FAQs on ACP
Here is a compilation of frequently asked questions about Advance Care Planning (ACP).
Here is a list of the places you can make an appointment for an ACP session.
Access our compilation of materials and an online booklet on Advance Care Planning here.
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