Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of thinking about, talking about and planning for your future health care needs.
An ACP plan is a tool that can help you to think about who is in your support network and how to mobilise them should you need to. It is an opportunity to develop and express how you want to be cared for and records:
- your values, beliefs, concerns, hopes and goals
- a better understanding of your current and likely future health
- the treatment & care options available
The Health Quality & Safety Commission has a five-year strategy to work with communities to understand the value of advance care planning. It involves training of health professionals, resource development a national advance care planning communications campaign, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
When Dr Heather Robertson was travelling for work, she had a serious car accident. She had done an advance care plan, but all the details were still on her work computer, and she hadn’t discussed it with her family/whānau.
Heather’s ACP has now been shared with family members and she keeps a copy in her bedside drawer at home with other important documents. ‘The moral of the story is ‘don’t leave it too late’, she says. ‘The accident and my recovery have taught me that you never know when you’re going to need an ACP.’
We look forward to talking with your community to ensure your voice is heard.
See Heather’s story in full on the ACP website www.advancecareplanning.org.nz