Advance Care Planning (ACP) is the process of planning for your future health and personal care. Having ACP conversations with your loved ones allows you to:
By making your wishes known, your loved ones and caregivers do not have to guess what you might want or not want.
John first heard about ACP from his mother's doctor. He shares how the ongoing conversation enabled her to share her wishes for care.
Sylvia recounts her experience when her mother was introduced to ACP through an ACP Facilitator and how the conversation brought her family closer.
If an unexpected event should happen and you can no longer speak for yourself, can your loved ones be your voice?
Use this checklist to guide your decision:
My surrogate or nominated healthcare spokesperson should:
You can ask more than one person to be your voice, but be sure to discuss your wishes with them in advance so that they know how to decide for you if you can no longer decide for yourself.
As you discuss your wishes and preferences in your Advance Care Plan, questions about completing legal documents such as the Advance Medical Directive (AMD) and the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) may come up.
Advance Medical Directive (AMD) is a legal document stating you do not want to receive extraordinary life-sustaining treatment to prolong your life if you become terminally ill and unconscious, where death is imminent.Read more
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that you sign to appoint a donee to make financial or personal welfare decisions on your behalf when you no longer have mental capacity to do so (e.g dealings with banks, CPF matters, where to live etc). However, the donee may not make any decision with respect to the carrying out or continuation of life-sustaining treatment. Read more