Advance Care Planning

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Advance Care Planning…

Advance care planning is to think about and document your choices for future health care. So, the process of planning includes future and current health care. It is important to discuss about your values, ideology and preferences. Thus far, these discussions should be with your loved ones and doctors. So, it helps them to make decisions about the care they provide you. It makes it easier when you can’t make the decision. As much as these conversations may seem difficult, it must start when you are well and fit. So, ideal time for such discussion to start is when you are in your peak. You are well and fit. Then you may continue during your lifetime.

Document the plan 

Thus far, advance care planning will result in your choices being documented as a plan. It becomes your advance care directive. Hence, the plan will include an alternative decision maker too. So, it helps to ensure that family members respect your preferences. Advance care planning helps everyone. It helps you, your family, careers and medical professionals.

Benefits of the plan 

It provides many benefits. Firstly, it helps to ensure you receive the best care that you actually want. Hence, it improves the end of life care. It provides family and personal satisfaction. Thus far, families who initiate advance care planning experience less anxiety, depression or stress. Hence, they are more satisfied with the care. It reduces unwanted treatment and unnecessary transfers to acute care for the healthcare staff.

Thus far, if you don’t have a care a plan, it may cause many confusions. For example, if you are seriously injured or sick medical professionals may make treatment care based on their analysis. So, the treatment may be of your best interest in their opinion. The treatments may be that you may not want. Hence, you must have an alternative decision maker.

Everyone should plan

Regardless of your age or health conditions, everyone must consider advance care planning. The most appropriate time to start you plan is when you are healthy. It should be done before there is an urgent need for a plan. So far, it is especially crucial is you are an older person, have a chronic sickness, multiple medical conditions or are approaching end of life.

In fact, advance care planning requires a team effort. It should involve discussions with your family, friends, medical professionals and care workers. These conversations help you start thinking what is more important to you.

The planning processes

Advance care planning must be simple. Avoid complication. However, it does require careful consideration. Your thinking will reflect your values and choices for personal care and acceptable outcomes. It will require you to talk about the plan with others and to appoint a substitute to make decisions on for you. Document all instructions. When talking about advance care planning the two terms that are regularly used are advance care directives and advance care plans. They have distinct difference. Thus far, it is crucial to understand the differences. 

Advance care directives

You may refer to an advance care directive as a living will. It is a plan you create for yourself. Thus far, it documents your preferences for future care. It can include your life goals, values and your choices on outcomes. So, it will include instructions about care and treatments. It can include a formal appointment of a substitute decision maker for you.

Thus far, advance care directives are lawfully binding. So, the preferences you document for health care professionals must be followed.

Advance care plans 

Someone else may create advance care plan on behalf of a person. So, the person may have diminishing or no capacity to make decisions for themselves. Thus far, an advance care plan may contain a person’s beliefs, values and choices about future care. They are mostly helpful to provide information to the nominee decision maker and health professionals. So, it may provide guidance to care decisions too. However, they are not lawfully binding. It is a guide only. 

Voluntary assisted dying  

So far, there are compelling differences between advance care planning and a choice of voluntary assisted death. Advance care planning is the process to discuss and choose future health care. It may include medical treatment options too. So, it is more about to help people to make decisions about their treatment. Thus far, it may include future consent to and refusal of medical treatment. It will often include alternative decision maker too. Mostly, all people can prepare advance care planning.

So, voluntary assisted dying is currently only permitted in Victoria and Western Australia in Australia. Other jurisdictions are considering it too. Hence, voluntary assisted dying is the act of taking approved medication to end a life. It is only for eligible persons.

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