Why is an Advanced Careplan a good idea?
Advanced Careplans are your way of planning ahead. Creating a Careplan, when you are well enough to comprehend what your future could possibly hold, is the ideal time. Only you know what you want, and only you can ensure your wishes are known by the people in, and out of your circle.
In a medical emergency, or any other circumstance that leaves you unable to communicate, your Advanced Careplan (Advanced Care Directive) will assert your right to choose what you want, or don’t want when it applies to your medical treatment and care. It helps those responsible for your care create a plan of care that is suitable to your ideas. It also assists your family and close friends in knowing and understanding your wishes, therefore enabling them to support you as you receive the care that you’ve chosen.
Having an Advanced Careplan is not a legal obligation. However, if you do not have one, and a medical situation arises in which your wishes are not known, you may be subjected to treatments and life-prolonging measures that you would not want. In the same way, you may have a specific condition that you do not want treated in it’s fullness. If a medical professional is not aware of your wishes, these treatments will be initiated out of due diligence.
There are a number of medical procedures, called interventions, which can prolong life and delay death. These could include mechanical ventilation, tube feeding, intravenous fluids or other treatments. It is important to think about your wishes for these types of medical procedures. You may approve of some, and not others. It is important to specify when, and in what circumstances your approval of such interventions lie.
You may also have other wishes related to your care at the end of life – such as specific spiritual rituals you may want to have performed, or having music playing.
One of our healthcare professionals would be happy to assist you with creating an Advanced Care Plan to ensure it is customized to your wishes.