think about it. talk about it. share it.
Carers are often called upon to make decisions and become the voice of the person they support when that individual is unable to speak for themselves. When considering health care interventions and lifestyle choices carers find the decision making easier if they have had the opportunity to discuss and understand the wishes of the individual before-hand.
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process of thinking about and discussing healthcare interventions and lifestyle choices in advance. The process of ACP supports self-determination, provides insight into what an individual values and what they would consider unbearable – vital information to guide healthcare and lifestyle decision-making should the individual be unable to speak for themselves.
Tools for Advance Care Planning
Provides an outline and rationale for Advance Care Planning, definition of terms Advance Care Directive, Advance Care Planning, Person Responsible, Capacity in addition to FAQs and links to additional information.
Poster series promoting Advance Care Planning for everyone, variety of images (age, gender, culture), signpost to more information.
Provides a structure to promote and support discussions, includes activities to assist in the selection of a substitute decision-maker and ACD/ACP template.
A family’s Journey – Advance Care Planning DVD
“I don’t want my family left with making hard decisions about my health…it is my responsibility to have the discussions and make it very clear what I want, should I be unable to speak for myself.” – Bob Staddon – A Family’s Journey DVD.
Talking about your preferences with family and friends is essential…but starting the conversation can be very hard. The DVD “A Family’s Journey” has proven to be very useful as a discussion starter.
A family’s perspective on why ACP is an essential part of healthcare planning for everyone. ACP gives the individual greater control over healthcare decision making and reduces the likelihood of confusion and conflict for families.
For a copy of the complete DVD “A Family’s Journey” contact Hunter New England Health Service 02 4924 6003.