• 25Apr

    My future wishes: Advance Care Planning (ACP) for people with dementia in all care settings

    Guidance published on 9 April 2018 by NHS England

    This document aims to assist practitioners, providers and health and social care commissioners create opportunities for people living with dementia to develop an Advance Care Plan (ACP).

    The guide provides signposting, information and support for colleagues in health, social and community care settings, around advance care planning for people living with dementia. It identifies key actions from the point of an initial diagnosis of dementia through to the advanced condition, in order to highlight and prompt best practice irrespective of care setting. It also considers situations where it has not been possible to initiate an ACP / future wishes conversation early and provides some tips on how to manage this.

    The aim of this resource is to help practitioners, providers and health and social care commissioners:

    • create opportunities for people living with dementia to develop an ACP through initiating and / or opening up conversations;
    • ensure advance care planning is fully embedded in wider inclusive, personalised care and support planning for dementia; and
    • ensure people living with dementia have the same equal opportunities as those diagnosed with other life limiting conditions / diseases, in terms of accessing palliative care services / support.

    The guide also sets out information and resources around ACP that are already in use at a local level.

    More information and the full document: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/my-future-wishes-advance-care-planning-acp-for-people-with-dementia-in-all-care-settings