What is Advance Care Planning?
“Advance care planning is about planning for the ‘what ifs’ that may occur across the entire lifespan”. An advance care plan is a written document that helps ensure your care and finances are customized to reflect personal preferences and health needs. It covers issues such as whether a person wants to be resuscitated, if one becomes incapacitated and unable to make decisions, if sign and symptoms of Dementia or Alzheimer’s begin, or an unexpected accident occurs. It also specifies how pain is to be relieved if it develops and about how finances should be handled during this time.
An advance care plan does not 100% guarantee that your instructions will be followed, but it does substantially increase the likelihood. Making sure that your advance care plan conforms to any legal requirements in your state helps ensure that your health care providers and family will comply with it. Even if you do not create a written advance care plan, it is important to let your health care providers, family, and other caretakers know about your wishes regarding future medical and financial care.
Components of an Advance Care Plan
An advance care plan can consist of any number of written documents including:
• Advance Care Directive
• Do-not-resuscitate order (POLST)
• Living will
• Power of attorney
• Financial plan
• Preferred providers (In-home care, Home-Health, Hospice, Living Facilities)
• Personal documents (VA, Social Security, Birth/Marriage certificates, Medicare, Mortgage, Bills, Estate Plan etc.)
• Statement on Organ Donation
You may wish to use a financial planner and/or an Estate planner to help you prepare an advance care plan to ensure that it meets your individual wishes and state legal requirements
ACP Consultants can assist you with suggestions, recommendations, professional referrals, organizations, and organizing these important documents in a secured ACP Vault that you would have access 24hrs a day 7 days a week.
Advance Care Planning
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Advance Care Planning is for EVERYONE.
It doesn't matter what your age...accidents, disasters or illnesses do not discriminate.
An Advanced Care Plan shows you CARE.
It's the most important gift you can give to yourself and your family.
Advanced Care Planning is smart planning.
ACP will assist, educate, and evaluate to determine needs regarding Advance Care Planning, Senior Care Planning, and End of Life Care Planning. We will develop a Plan of Care and recommend only highly skilled professionals to ensure our clients are organized and prepared for whatever life brings.
It's NOT a matter of IF, it's a matter of WHEN.
An Unexpected House Fire in Canisteo, New York
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It is important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. 96% of all accidents happen without warning!
Emergency Preparedness – Seat of Your Pants
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