"Living Matters" is a national advance care planning (ACP) initiative that promotes open conversations between you, your family and healthcare providers, on your future care preferences.
The conversations would help your family and healthcare providers know what kind of care you would like to receive should you become very ill one day.
It enables you to identify a nominated healthcare spokesperson (NHS) to communicate your wishes and values to the healthcare team, when you become unable to speak for yourself.
It can guide your physicians to make treatment decisions based on your expressed values, beliefs, and personal goals of care.
It can reduce the burden and distress on your family when they are involved in treatment discussions with the healthcare team.
ACP facilitates this process by allowing you to:
Understand your illness, treatment options and potential medical complications
Understand the options for future medical care, in relation to your current state of health
Reflect on your personal values, beliefs and goals of care
Identify your wishes and/or preferences towards future care
Identify one or more suitable nominated healthcare spokesperson(s)
Discuss your care preferences with your family members and healthcare providers
Document your advance care plan and review the care plan when appropriate
ACP is suitable for everyone, regardless of the individual's state of health. ACP can be broadly categorised into three approaches:
*NHS refers to Nominated Healthcare Spokesperson
For patients with more complex conditions, ACP discussions may need to be facilitated by a trained healthcare professional. These facilitators are available in most public hospitals.
Singapore General Hospital
Changi General Hospital
Sengkang General Hospital
National Heart Centre Singapore
6704 8966 /
6704 8967 /
Bright Vision Hospital
Disease specific ACP is only offered at SGH and NHCS.
For more information on ACP, visit the Living Matters website:
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