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Advance Care Plan

What is an Advance Care Plan (ACP)?

ACP is a process in which you can think, talk and write about what is important to you, and describe the kind of care you would want if you became unable to make decisions for yourself. It broaches the subject of dying, and how you would like to be looked after at that time. It may seem difficult to think ahead in this way, but writing an advance care plan makes a clear record of your wishes so that these can be respected and, where possible, carried out by people caring for you in the future.

How do I start planning?

Advance Care Planning is entirely flexible. Most people will talk things through with a relative, friend or healthcare professional who knows them well. They may have a series of conversations, which may or may not result in a written plan.

Date published: 11th July, 2023
Date last updated: 15th February, 2024