An Anticipatory care plan (ACP) helps patients to make informed choices about how and where they would want to be treated and supported in the future. Any person at any age can benefit from ACP but it can be particularly useful for patients such as:
- elderly patients
- those who are housebound or living alone
- people living with mental health or social support needs
- Infants, children or young people with palliative care needs
- Families and carers under stress
An ACP enables patients to be in control of what happens if their condition or circumstances change and makes sure that the team looking after a patient know what their wishes would be, should things change in the future.
See NHS inform for more information about ACP.