Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is part of Mountbatten’s core services.  It is a process that starts with discussing and sharing your thoughts, wishes and preferences, then writing them down to create an Advance Care Plan (ACP). 
 
Advance care planning can be done whether you are in good health or not, in anticipation of a time in the future when you may lose capacity and be unable to communicate.   None of us are immune from illness, an unpredictable medical incident or an unexpected accident, which in some cases could result in a loss of capacity or the ability to speak up for ourselves. 
 
Although planning is a normal part of life, planning ahead for illness, dying and death might seem a very difficult topic to think about.  You may find other people are resistant to the idea, feeling it is not the right time, too upsetting or ‘morbid’.  However, planning ahead in this way can be very positive and empowering; an Advance Care Plan can help to ensure that you continue to have an influence over decisions that may need to be made about your care and treatment, even if you cannot speak up for yourself.  Additionally, your family or carers will be spared from having to guess what you would have wanted and can speak up with confidence on your behalf.  
 
To create an Advance Care Plan:
 
  • People who are already under the care of Mountbatten should speak to the health professional leading their care about creating an advance care plan, the document can be produced electronically and will remain on the individual’s patient record. 
  • For people who are not under the care of Mountbatten, whether in good or poor health, the new Mountbatten Advance Care Planning booklet, can be used to record wishes and preferences. 
People often do not realise that their loved ones have no legal right to request or refuse treatment or care on their behalf; only a legally appointed Lasting Power of Attorney for health and wellbeing has that right.Although this booklet is not legally enforceable, it does provide the opportunity to nominate someone who you would like to be included in discussions if ‘best interest decisions’ need to be made. 

You can either:
  1. Download the booklet to complete at your leisure. 
 
  1. Pick up a paper version in person at Mountbatten Ventnor shop or the John Cheverton Centre at Mountbatten Hospice.
  2. Alternatively a booklet can be sent to you: please phone 01983 529511 to request your copy. 
What happens to the Advance Care Plan once it is complete?
The document belongs to you and you are free to change anything in it if you wish to reflect your changing circumstances or health care needs. It will only be acted on if you have lost capacity and the ability to communicate – up to that point you continue to say what you would like, regardless of what is written in your Advance Care Plan.
 
Keep your advance care plan somewhere easily accessible, in case it is ever needed in an emergency situation.
 
Share the contents of your Advance Care Plan with the people closest to you, including carers and ensure they understand that it is a record of your wishes and preferences, in case you are ever incapacitated and unable to speak up for yourself.
 
You can also read more about Advance Care Plans in our leaflet, which you can download here. 

"They anticipate my needs and I believe go the extra mile in ensuring the quality of my life is enhanced".

 

Wendy Young, patient