Have you ever thought, what it would be like when you become so ill or lying on a hospital bed without the ability to communicate your thoughts or your preferred treatment options to anyone? Would you want to be put on a life sustaining ventilator to prolong imminent death? Would you like to be cared for in a hospital, nursing home, hospice or at your own home? Who could speak on your behalf?
It is often difficult for your loved ones to decide on such options if they do not know your preferences during a medical crisis.
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 serious medical situation, in the event that we are unable to make decision for ourselves.
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a non-legally binding and voluntary discussion that helps you to express your wishes about the care preferences in the event when you are incapable of making your own healthcare decisions. By making your wishes known ahead, your loved ones can have peace of mind without having to make assumptions about what you might or might not want in under dire medical condition.
Changi General Hospital (CGH) offers ACP services to help our patients to initiate voluntary discussions with their loved ones so as to record their care preferences on an ACP form. Our ACP facilitators are trained and well-equipped with effective communication skills necessary to facilitate your ACP discussions.
The ACP discussion will guide you to reflect on your personal beliefs, values and share your healthcare preferences with your loved ones and healthcare providers. You will also be asked to appoint a nominated healthcare spokesperson (NHS) to help you to make important decisions in the event that you are no longer able to communicate. The discussion will be documented in the form of an advance care plan that will be used to guide your healthcare team and loved ones to make decisions on your behalf and in your best interests during a medical crisis.
CGH Patients interested in making an Advance Care Plan (ACP)?
Approach any of your care team (doctor in-charge or nurse) during your clinic visit, inpatient stay or home visit for more information.
To learn more on Advance Care Planning in Singapore, you can refer to the following websites:
You could also contact our Advance Care Planning (ACP) Office for more information.
2 Simei Street 3,
(65) 6788 8833
(65) 6788 0933
Changi General Hospital (CGH)