We make plans for almost everything in our lives, from our daily schedules to our career progression. However, most of us tend to overlook the importance of making a plan for dire medical scenarios, in the event that we are unable to voice our preferences.
In a medical crisis, it is often difficult for the family to decide on the course of action to take because they do not know the patient’s preferences. By making your wishes known ahead, your family or caregivers will not have to guess your preferences in the event that you are unable to express your wishes.
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is the process of planning for your health and personal care for the future. It is a non-legally binding and voluntary process whereby you tell your healthcare provider what you wish to be done should a medical crisis render you incapable of making your own healthcare decisions.
ACP is for anyone, regardless of age and condition of health. With a focus on patient empowerment, it gives you control, knowing that you will be treated medically according to your wishes.
ACP discussions with your loved ones will allow you to:
- Share your personal values and beliefs and how they would affect your healthcare preferences in challenging medical situations
- Appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself
JurongHealth offers ACP services to help you initiate voluntary discussions with your family to record your preferences and draw up your Advance Care Plan. This will be used to guide your healthcare team and loved ones to make decisions on your behalf and in your best interests in the event that you are unable to do so.
Communication is crucial to achieving intended ACP objectives. Hence, our ACP facilitators are trained and well-equipped with effective communication skills necessary to facilitate your ACP discussions. Should there be any issues that require further clarification, our facilitators will also be able to provide or direct you to the relevant information.
As part of the ethical principles governing ACP, we ensure strict confidentiality on all ACP discussions and the identities of persons who participate in ACP. Our JurongHealth team also makes it a point to avoid stereotyping and imposing their values upon the persons served.