Advance care planning (ACP) is for everyone, regardless of age or state of health. It is a series of voluntary discussions that help you better understand your state of health. Your preferences will be recorded and used to guide the healthcare team and your loved ones to make healthcare decisions on your behalf, in your best interests, if you are unable to do so yourself.
The participants in ACP discussions are a trained ACP facilitator, your loved ones, your healthcare providers and you. These discussions will be guided by your values and beliefs.
With Advance Care Planning, you can share your thoughts and preferences about healthcare options with your loved ones. This gives them assurance and peace of mind that they are fulfilling your wishes.
These are the range of questions that will be discussed during advance care planning:
- What activities or experiences are the most important for you to live well?
- What helps you face serious challenges in life?
- What fears and worries do you have about living, and your health and medical care?
- What are your preferences, values and goals regarding end-of-life care?
- Is there someone you can trust to act in your best interest when you can no longer make your own decisions?
- Where is your preferred place of end-of-life treatment and death?
For more information, and to download an ACP brochure (available in 4 languages), visit: www.silverpages.sg/ACP
Here are other online resources on how to have conversations with loved ones around end-of-life issues/advance care planning:
- Download The Conversation Project Starter Kit and practice the conversation.
- You don’t need to talk about it just yet. Just think about it.
- You can start out by writing a letter—to yourself, a loved one, or a friend.
- Think about having a practice conversation with a friend.
- These conversations may reveal that you and your loved ones disagree. That’s okay.
- It’s important to simply know this, and to continue talking about it now—not during a medical crisis.
- The goal of this project is to help ensure that all of us – and the people we care for – can end our lives in the same purposeful way we lived them.
- Download the one slide and share it whenever you can. Be able to answer the questions for yourself, and for your loved ones. Get the conversation started.
- The one slide mentions a living will, appointing a healthcare power of attorney and an advance directive. Read more about these initiatives in the ACP brochure available at: www.silverpages.sg/ACP