The following definition for advance care planning has been developed:
advance care planning is a process that supports adults at any age or stage of health in understanding and sharing their personal values and preferences regarding future care and realistic treatment choices. The goal of advance care planning is to help people receive care and treatment that is consistent with their values, goals and preferences during serious and chronic illness
Source: Sudore et al.
Preferences about the care and treatment your loved one would like to receive are documented in an Advance Care Plan. Any treatments they do not want to receive are also recorded.
As a default position, advance care planning conversations should always involve your loved one. If your loved one is not able to take part, care professionals may ask what you believe their preferences would be. Care professionals may offer advice based on their professional expertise and experience.
Advance care planning is an ongoing process, and Advance Care Plans can be updated if circumstances or wishes change.
Myths and Misconceptions
There can be myths and misconceptions about advance care planning, which are considered below. Please click on each misconception below to view the reality.
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