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MAKING A DIFFICULT DECISION EASIER

  • ​If you are a caregiver for a senior, there may come a day when your loved one cannot speak for himself or herself. The job of having to make difficult healthcare decisions will fall on you. Are you ready for it?
  • To ease this burden on yourself, you should talk to your loved one about the choices he or she can make now. This will assure you that you are following your loved one's wishes if the day comes, and make that difficult decision a little easier.​

What is Advance Care Planning (ACP)?

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a series of voluntary discussions that help you and your loved one better understand your loved one's state of health. It is guided by your loved one's values and beliefs.

You and the healthcare team will use your loved one's preferences to help you make healthcare decisions on their behalf.

An ACP is for anyone, regardless of age or health. It covers all the issues an Advance Medical Directive (AMD) and a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) cover, but is not a legal document.

The participants in an ACP discussion are:

  • A trained ACP facilitator
  • You and your loved ones
  • Your healthcare providers

You can use the Living Matters Workbook to guide your ACP discussions.

The Living Matters ACP brochure is also available in four languages.​

How to get started on ACP?

Here are the five simple steps to an ACP:

  1. Talk to your healthcare provider and/or make an appointment with a trained ACP facilitator.
  2. Discuss what living well means to you in open conversations with your loved ones and ACP facilitator.
  3. Choose a substitute (or proxy) decision-maker to be your voice when you are unable to speak for yourself.
  4. Document your preferences with the help of your ACP facilitator.
  5. Review your ACP document when your medical condition or life circumstances change.

Here is an illustration of how Mr Tan and his loved ones have benefitted from ACP.

 

To get started on an ACP, you can seek assistance from a certified advance care planning facilitator, who may be a doctor, medical social worker, nurse, allied health professional or any trained and accredited lay worker.

You can change or review your care preferences at any time if you change your mind, or if your medical condition changes.

Read the ACP FAQs to learn more about the details of the ACP process, including who may be your substitute decision maker.

Who to contact

To find out more about ACP, please contact:

ACP National Office
Agency for Integrated Care
No. 5 Maxwell Road
#10-00 Tower Block, MND Complex
Singapore 069110
Tel: +65 6603 6800
Fax: +65 6820 0728
Email: livingmatters@aic.sg