Contact – You can speak to any member of the Advance Care Planning Team
Contact Telephone Number – 01437 763223
In recent years, more and more people have made some kind of Advance Care Plan – what used to be called a ‘Living Will’. 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.
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:
Please click the names below to see completed ACPs, using Hywel Dda University Health Board documentation:
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.