What should Advance Care Planning look like during a pandemic?
Advance Care Plans (ACPs) offer patients the opportunity to plan their own future care and support, including medical treatment, while they have the capacity to do so. These discussions need to be personalised to the individual patient’s wishes and needs, and must be recorded and accessible to them. Patients should be offered verbal and written information about how to make an ACP, including how it relates to their own circumstances and conditions.
Finding the right time to start conversations about a personalised ACP is often difficult, but the Covid-19 pandemic has presented a new urgency to do this, especially with those patients at higher risk including older people, people who are frail, have other serious conditions and are most vulnerable to Covid-19.
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