ACP

了解预立护理计划

自己的人生自己安放

安排、规划这些字眼我们听得不少,但除非火烧眉头,否则我们永远都对明天抱有希望——安排或者规划留待明天再做也不迟。

日日待明日,万事成蹉跎,这是一句耳熟能详的谚语,但有些事情不止会蹉跎岁月,如果没有妥善安排,恐怕会有更严重的影响。

在绝大数情况下,我们都还可以因时势所逼而仓促进行临时安排,唯独昏迷与离世这两个状况,使得我们完全无法进行任何安排,因为我们已经没有时间去“临时抱佛脚”。

我们在各个生命阶段皆尽可能好好安排、安放我们的身体、生活以及思绪,以期能够成为理想中的自己,做喜欢的事物,活出快乐的自己。健康时,我们还能够因时制宜地进行安排与调整,但如果生命不在,或进入了无法言语的昏迷状态,则我们该如何去安放自己的生命呢?

预立护理计划(Advance Care Planning)是一个旅程,带您完成一个重要的知情决策过程,如医疗保健、金融、生活品质等。

预立护理计划鼓励您说出自己在无法言语的情况下,想要受到的对待与安排;也鼓励您及早与家人亲友开启这道对话,让他们清楚您的意愿,懂得如何协助您安放自身。

您可以思考,在您昏迷或离世后:

  • 谁能带您发声
  • 谁将代您做决定
  • 他们会知道您想要什么吗
  • 您可以怎样表达您的意愿

自己的人生自己安排,我们也应该及早安排,以免上诉情况发生时,引起不必要的混乱与纷争。

我们才是最了解自己的人,才最清楚知道如何安放自己的肉身,才最符合自己的要求。

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Advance Care Planning

What is Advance Care Planning

Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you. If you haven’t considered an Advance Care Planning (otherwise known as ACP) in your life plan, you should do so now. ACP is important for everyone regardless if you are healthy, with conditions or critical illness. At any age, a medical crisis may leave you incapable of voicing out your own decisions.

Even if you are hale and hearty now, planning for your care in the future is an important step toward making sure your personal decisions are made known if you’re unable to speak for yourself and doctors or family members are making the decisions for you.

In this article, we will explain what ACP is, the types of decisions you need to consider and questions you could think of now so you’re better prepared later. ACP will help you consider who you would want to make decisions on your behalf if you’re incapacitated and how to start a conversation about your wishes. Clarifying who you want to as your substitute decision-maker and how you would decide on various decisions will be helpful in taking some of the burden off your family.

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What Is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning is a process that support individuals at any age or stage of health in understanding and sharing their personal values, life goals, and preferences regarding their future; be it medical & healthcare, finances, lifestyle and family.

These are your decisions to make and they should be based on discussions with your loved ones, as the purpose of ACP is to help ensure you receive care and attention that is consistent with what you want.

ACP is an ongoing, values-directed discussion about your choices and being clear of your expectations. Hence, conversations between yourself, family members, substitute decision-maker, healthcare providers and other agents (such as financial advisors, etc.) to describe the roles of each party, how your legal and financial matters should be handled, as well as how you would like to be cared for are a very important.

Some of the areas that needs to be discussed could include, but are not limited to:

Medical & Healthcare

What treatments should or should not be implemented?
In what circumstances should treatments be applied or stopped?
What measures of comfort care (e.g. pain management) would you desire in specific situations?

Long-term care

What type of care support and facility (e.g. home care, nursing home, etc.) do you want if you’re incapacitated or disabled?
Do you have a preference in healthcare providers?

End of life care

Under what conditions should you not be resuscitated?
Where would you choose to spend your last moments?
What are your values and beliefs?

Legal & Finance

What assets do you have which could be used to support your care?
What legal documents do you need to protect money allocated for care?

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The matters addressed in ACP are deeply personal and are based on your values and beliefs. Hence, it is essential to think and discuss what is important to you. These conversations will bring relieve to your loved ones and provide clarity on what you want.

Typically, planning an ACP involves 4 steps that cycles:

  • Thinking about your priorities and possible future circumstances (e.g. a family history of cancer),
  • Discussing your wishes with your loved ones,
  • Making plans to accommodate your wishes with your health providers and other agents,
  • Reviewing your ACP consistently to ensure your plans and priorities are updated.

You can begin by asking yourself what makes life meaningful to you? Is your main desire to have the most days of life or focus on your quality of life? Depending on your age, your decisions on how to handle these matters could be significantly different. Hence, you should constantly review your objectives and how you could sustain them.

Legal & Financial Planning

As we live longer, the possibility of having some form of health issue is inevitable and care is likely required. Here, financial planning is crucial to ensure not only the management of your finances as you age, but to mitigate your vulnerability towards financial abuse.

Consider how you want your financial assets to be handled; what assets should be liquidated to support your care if you’re incapacitated or dedicated to an activity if you’re disabled? What assets would you retain in a will? Who is your assigned gatekeeper to ensure your money is where it should be and spent on the right necessities?

Financial abuse has been found to be more common than other types of abuse (e.g. physical, psychological, etc.) amongst older adults in Malaysia. Hence, it is important to know what legal tools are available to ensure your money is handled in the manner you’ve specified and hold your substitute decision-maker accountable.

Prepared For Tomorrow

You can’t predict the future with certainty. You may never face a situation where you’re unable to voice out your decisions. However, with ACP you and your loved ones will have some measure of security and direction in the event of a crisis.

If you wish to learn more about Advance Care Planning and ACP advisory services, you may contact 03 – 2142 1666 or visit http://cn.agedcare.com.my/acp-advisory/to enquire or make an appointment.