Contact – You can speak to any member of the Advance & Future Care Planning Team
Contact Telephone Number – 01437 763223
In recent years, more and more people have made some kind of Advance Care Plan. This is a document intended to be used if a person becomes unable to make decisions for him/herself.
Many people write a simple Statement of Wishes and Care Preferences (SWACP) which may include:
- How much information they would like to receive about their condition.
- Where they would prefer to be cared for
- Who they would like health professionals to consult about their care (Eg: relative, friend)
- General thoughts on treatment they would want and not want. Some people state for example that they would want only symptom relief if they were seriously ill. Some people use a SWACP to make it clear they do want active treatment.
People who have very strong feelings about not wanting a specific type of treatment, can make what is known as an Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (ADRT). If this is written correctly, it is a legally binding document. It is quite simple to do and does not normally require legal advice.
We are also able to work with people that may not be able to make decisions themselves. Please contact us in this instance and we can discuss how we may be able to help.
The Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service has staff who can provide assistance with Advance Care Planning, but we would recommend that you do some reading first.
Good sources of information are:
New example documentation coming soon. Please contact us in the meantime if you would like to discuss any aspect of Advance & Future Care Planning.
The Dying Matters website has all sorts of interesting videos, articles and publications www.dyingmatters.org
Click below to see two short videos of Paul Sartori Hospice at Home volunteers talking about their experiences of writing an ACP.