Advance Care Planning is a lifelong journey that begins with having an open conversation with your loved ones. Remember, there is no right or wrong way of care planning and you certainly don’t have to finish the conversation all at once.
ACP can be carried out informally by discussing your end-of-life wishes with trusted loved ones. You don't have to write down your wishes, although it can be helpful for your loved ones to refer to in the future. You may even want to share your wishes with your doctor. For patients with more complex conditions, ACP discussions may need to be facilitated by a trained healthcare professional. These Facilitators are currently available in most public hospitals.
Think about it
Talk with loved ones
Put your wishes into a Plan
Review your preferences
CPR is a medical intervention that may be performed if a person stops breathing or when their heart stops. It can include:
Download CPR factsheet (15KB PDF)
Tube feeding is a way to deliver nutrients through a tube if the person cannot take food or drink through his mouth. It may be temporary or permanent depending on his medical condition. The person may have a tube that leads from the:
Download Tube feeding factsheet (15KB PDF)
A person may require intubation if he is unable to breathe for himself. Intubation involves the insertion of a long breathing tube or artificial airway (endotracheal tube - ETT) into the trachea (wind pipe) via the mouth. On some occasions, the tube may be inserted through the nose down into the trachea.
Download intubation factsheet (15KB PDF)
Speak to your doctor to learn more about these life-sustaining measures.
Whether you’re making a plan yourself or helping a loved one with one, take the time to plan what you want to say and how you want to say it.
- Death of a family member, friend or colleague
- Hospitalisation or serious illness in the past
- Newspaper articles and TV news stories
- Books and magazines
- Scenarios from movies and TV shows
- Religious teachings
Share your preferences and begin your ACP journey today
Patients receiving care at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Jurong Health (Alexandra Hospital), Singapore General Hospital, National Heart Centre Singapore, Changi General Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and National University Hospital, may approach their healthcare team for more information about Advance Care Planning.