Advance care planning is an ongoing process of thinking about your future health care and talking about this with your family/whānau and your healthcare team. This includes planning your end-of-life care.
Planning your future health care helps you understand what the future might hold. It also helps your family/whānau and your healthcare team know what health care you would or would not want, which is especially helpful when you can no longer speak for yourself, eg, in advanced stage of dementia or when a sudden unexpected illness happens.
While 60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is “extremely important”, 56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes. Source: Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation, 2012
Advance care planning is a voluntary process, the pace and content of the conversations is determined by you. Your healthcare team will make sure you have enough information in a way you can understand it, so that you can more effectively take part in medical decision-making processes now and in the future.
The Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand
have some useful information of Advance Care Planning.