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Regardless of your current health status, making concrete medical and legal plans can bring peace of mind to you and your loved ones. Having your medical and legal intentions clearly listed down reduces stress for your loved ones who may otherwise find it difficult to make these decisions on your behalf when you are incapacitated or have passed on. 

It is recommended to discuss and share your plans with your loved ones to keep them updated about your decisions and considerations. 

Advance Care Planning

It may be possible for an illness to prevent you from expressing how you want to be treated to your doctors and nurses. Advance Care Planning provides peace of mind to your loved ones by ensuring that your future healthcare decisions are documented and shared with your caregivers and healthcare providers in the event that you are unable to communicate this yourself. Start a discussion with these simple steps:

  1. Meet with a trained ACP facilitator. You may ask your healthcare provider to refer you to one.*
  2. Discuss your idea of living well with the ACP facilitator and your loved ones.
  3. Choose a substitute (or proxy) decision-maker to be your voice when you are unable to speak for yourself. Your proxy decision-maker must be at least 21 years old. You may choose a relative, good friend or anyone whom you think will act in your best interests when you are no longer able to do so.
  4. Document your preferences with your ACP facilitator’s help.
  5. Review your ACP document when your medical condition or life circumstances change.

 

* You do not need a lawyer for Advance Care Planning (ACP). A trained ACP facilitator can walk you through the steps. You can also make changes to your preferences after the discussion.

 

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