Anticipatory Care Planning (ACP) is about helping people understand their health and gives them an opportunity to think ahead about their future healthcare needs. An ACP is also about helping people with MND, and other conditions, make choices about their future care.
Planning ahead can help people with MND ensure that their voices are heard in deciding their own healthcare and better allows them to manage any changes in their health and wellbeing. The care plan is not legally binding in any way, and completing an Anticipatory Care Plan is voluntary.
The ACP allows people to fill out as much, or as little, information as they see fit and this can be updated if an individual feels that their situation has changed.
Those filling out an ACP may wish to talk to those who matter most to them, to help form the best plan. People with MND can also discuss this with the MND nurse specialist.
The new toolkit has been created and published by the Scottish Government and Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the new resources available include My Anticipatory Care Plan, where people with MND can download a PDF form and start creating their plan.
Elsewhere, the toolkit includes guidance for health and social care professionals. The guidance has been developed to help professionals support individuals who may benefit from having an Anticipatory Care Plan.
The toolkit also includes frequently asked questions, while summarising what you need to know and things to think about.
The 'My Anticipatory Care Plan' document is an interactive PDF form. This may not be accessible on mobile or tablet devices, in which case users can download the app on the toolkit page.
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