Last Update: 01/03/2013
How does advance care planning work?
Advance Care Planning assists you, your doctors and other people involved with your care, to think and talk about your medical options.
Advance care planning is useful if you have an illness and want to make decisions about specific treatments, but it can also be used by healthy people who want to make a more general statement about the sort of medical treatments they would like, or might refuse.
Advance care planning allows you to make a plan that takes into account both what is important to you and what the doctors think is possible and reasonable.
The final step is making sure that your plan is available to anyone who might be caring for you in the future, so they know what you do and don’t want.
Advance care planning works best when you:
- TALK to your Doctor(s) about any illness that you have and about your treatment options
- TALK with your family/friends about what is important to you and about your choices.
- CHOOSE someone who can make decisions for you if you cannot
- TELL this person, your family and your doctor about your wishes for future medical treatments
- WRITE down your wishes so that these people have something to refer to in the future.
If you tell your family what you want and choose someone to make decisions on your behalf, then your doctors will be able to hear your point of view and you will not in all likelihood receive treatment you would not have wanted.