The Commissioner recently attended the publication of ‘For Now and For the Future – An Advance Care Planning Policy for Adults in Northern Ireland.’

Advance Care Planning is an umbrella term covering personal, legal, clinical, and financial planning. It enables a person to think about what matters to them now and for the future, and to make choices that reflect this.

Welcoming the publication, Minister Robin Swann said “Advance Care Planning is about people having the opportunity to have conversations with those important to them, and those who provide care, support or treatment.

Clarifying your wishes, feelings, beliefs and values, can inform future care, providing peace of mind and reducing the potential for confusion or conflict. However, it can also support an enhanced quality of life now as people at any stage of life have the opportunity to talk about what matters to them."

Speaking about Advanced Care Planning, the Commissioner added;

“Whether you are approaching retirement, or it feels like a distant dream, it’s never too early to start planning for your third age. I would encourage everyone to read this policy document as a really useful starting point in taking time to make some really important decisions about your future.”

Find out more about what 'Advanced Care Planning' means in the links below:

HSCNI Advaced Care Planning- For now and for the future

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