Advance care planning is a process of discussion between you and those who provide care for you, e.g your nurses, doctor, care home manager or family members. You may choose to express some views, preferences and wishes about your future care.
There may be times in your life when you think about the consequences of becoming seriously ill or disabled. This may be at a time of ill health or as a result of a life changing event. It may simply be because you are the sort of person who likes to plan ahead.
You may want to take the opportunity to think about what living with a serious illness might mean to you, your partner or your relatives, particularly if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. You may wish to record what your preferences and wishes for future care and treatment might be or you may simply choose to do nothing at all. Advance care planning is an entirely voluntary process.
One way of making people aware of your wishes is by a process of advance care planning.