Advance care planning is a process that often takes discussion and time. It can be done at any stage of life and can start with a simple conversation.
- Think about the values, beliefs and preferences that are important in your life.
- Think about your current and future healthcare and understand your options and choices.
- Talk about your values, beliefs and preferences with the people involved in your current care, such as family, friends and carers.
- Talk to your doctor regarding your preferences.
- Decide who you would like to speak for you if you become very sick and are not able to speak for yourself. Ask them if they are prepared to be your substitute decision-maker and consider legally appointing them. Make sure they clearly understand your values, beliefs and preferences.
• Put it on paper. You can write your own Advance Care Plan or download a form relevant to your state/territory law . Your doctor will also be able to assist you with the forms.
• Make copies and store them with relevant people. Be sure your substitute decision-maker and main doctor has a copy.
• Review your Advance Care Plan every year. You should also review your plan if there is a change in your health, personal or living situation.