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Explain the purpose of Advance Care Planning in relation to end of life care

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´╗┐Outcome 3 1. Describe the benefits to an individual of having as much control as possible over their end of life care. By discussing the care that an individual wishes with the care home you gain a more personalised approach to caring. The individual also feels that they are more empowered and have more responsibility on how there care will be managed towards their end of life. It allows carers to know how the individual sees their end of life needs and reduces the risk of distress and upset to the individual. 2. Explain the purpose of Advance Care Planning in relation to end of life care Advance care planning is to develop a better understanding and recording of their priorities, needs and preferences for the individual and those of their families/carers. ...read more.

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It is there for the individual to add additional information to which can be used to review other documents like care plans and advanced directives. If advance care planning is started early enough then this may aid in later life if mental issues become a concern. Questions could be: If their condition deteriorates where would they prefer as a place of care ? care home, hospital or family home. What would they not like to happen ? to be resuscitated? Do they have any particular items that they wish around them at the end of life period? Do they have and spiritual or religious requirements at end of life? 3. Describe own role in supporting and recording decisions about advance care planning. ...read more.

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4. Outline ethical and legal issues that may arise in relation to advance care planning There are many different issues that may occur from the discussions to raise an advance care planning document, some of these are listed below: Legal issues ? 1. Mental Capacity Act 2005. Does the individual have the mental capacity to understand the questions being asked? 2. Person to represent the individual may have ?lasting power of attorney?. Conflict with the wishes of the individual. 3. Providing pain relieving drugs when not required may be classes as assisted suicide or euthanasia. Ethical issues ? 1. Withdrawing or withholding life supporting medical treatment. 2. Patents may refuse basic care such as eating or drinking. 3. The individual needs to be made aware of all diagnosis and prognosis even if the individual does not have full mental capacity. ...read more.

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A good and thoughtful essay that addresses a difficult topic. The writer has considered different aspects that are connected to palliative care.

The work could be extended by trying to explain why it is so important. They could also try and explain how a care worker might address these issues.

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