Advance care planning is a way to help you think about, talk about and share your thoughts and wishes about your future health care. It is focused on and involves both you and the health care professionals responsible for your care. It can also involve your whanau/family and/carers if that is your wish.
Now is the best time to consider taking part in advance care planning conversations before you become seriously ill. Planning will help you and those around you understand what is important to you and what treatment and care you would like. You can set out what you want or hope for in an advance care plan. You should keep your advance care plan up to date, especially if things change. The value of advance care planning is in the conversations and shared understanding. Recording your choices or wishes is voluntary. It is a good idea and will make it easier for those important to you and your healthcare providers to use this information to decide what treatment and care you would want if you could not tell them yourself.
Want to know more?
Talk to your GP or other healthcare professionals about the medical choices you might have in the future. Ask our staff for a copy of the Advance Care Plan and Guide.
You can also find further information about advance care planning by visiting: www.advancecareplanning.org.nz
Click here if you would like to download view or print off a copy of an Advance Care Plan and Guide.