What is Advance Care Planning?
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is preparatory steps taken by a patient to make decisions about the end of life care received if they become unable to speak for themselves. These decisions are for the patient to make, based on their personal values and beliefs, and it is important to respect their wishes even when patients cannot verbally make them. ACP is often overlooked until it is too late, causing other issues to arise within families and the patients’ healthcare treatment. These steps taken can include getting information on life-saving treatment options and deciding whether or not to utilize these options.