Advance Directive & Advance Care Planning
There may be a time when you are unable to make your own healthcare choices. Examples include a serious illness or an injury, such as a serious brain injury from a car accident. In these situations, someone else will have to make healthcare decisions for you.
Advanced Care Planning (ACP) is a process for you to:
- Understand possible future health choices
- Reflect on these choices in light of the values and choices important to you
- Discuss your choices with those close to you and health professionals who care for you
- Make a plan for future healthcare situations, including who will make choices for you. This plan is written on an Advance Directive to be shared with your healthcare team, your loved ones and the person who will make decisions for you.
This allows your choices to be known and will guide decision making. This process will provide great comfort to those who make decisions for you. Purposeful and ongoing ACP gives you peace of mind that your wishes are known.