Irish Hospice Foundation Advance Care Planning in Health & Social Care

This document provides useful tips to health and social care professionals about Advance Care Planning. It will support you to have
meaningful conversations with those you care for and understand better what matters most to them.

An advance care planning discussion with a person includes:

The person and/or familyʼs understanding of their illness/medical condition
The person and/or familyʼs concerns or worries about any aspect of end of life
The personʼs values, beliefs, wishes, preferences and/or personal goals for care
The personʼs preferences for types of care/treatment that might be beneficial in the future

Person-centred care means taking the time to find out what the person wants to know. It also means finding out what their wishes and preferences are regarding their end-of-life care.  Advance Care Planning should ideally happen before the person is
admitted to hospital or a nursing home. However all too often, they do not. Hospital and nursing home staff have an important role especially as Advance Care Planning is a key part of person-centred care.

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End-of-life Care Planning for Health and Social Care Workers
This document provides useful tips to health and social care workers and staff in healthcare settings (including hospitals, nursing homes and residential care facilities) about end-of-life care planning. It will support you to have meaningful conversations with residents, patients and service users as part of the end-of-life care planning process for each person. However, we appreciate these are exceptional times and conversations about end of life can be very difficult. End of life can be defined from the point of a receiving a life-limiting diagnosis through the months before death, up to and including the final hours – a continuum rather than a point in
time. End-of-life care aims to support someone in the later stages of a life-limiting condition to live as well as possible until they die. It involves treatment, care and support for people who are nearing the end of their life and it is an important part of palliative care.
End-of-life care involves talking to the person, their family members and friends (with consent) about what to expect towards the end of their life.