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Advance care planning (ACP) allows older people to regain some control over the future, by helping to ensure that they receive support and care in accordance with their wishes. An advance care plan can be an important way to ensure dignity in later lifeAs a staff member in a care home, you need to be knowledgeable, skilled and confident about discussing this vital issue with your residents.

We've designed a FREE Advance Care Planning learning pack to help you.  You can use this to give yourself a good grounding in ACP or to help train your colleagues.

Register to download the Advance Care Planning Learning Pack by creating an ACP User Account (click on the "Register" button and complete the details).

If you've already got an ACP User Account, just login using the Log In box opposite.

Registration is free, no-obligation, and not only gives you access to the free learning pack but also allows you to sign up to our regular email about advance care planning issues. You can unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time and we won't sell, pass on or misuse your email address.

Click on the "Register" button and complete the detail.


What do people think about the learning pack?

Many practitioners and care home staff have already downloaded the learning pack, and it’s been trialled by staff in eight care homes across the UK. Their feedback is overwhelmingly positive:

“This is an excellent product which will provide much needed resources for training.”

Julie Jones, Chief Executive Officer at Social Care Institute of Excellence

More praise for the learning pack:

  • “[I’m] more confident now about ACP and will be able to help other members of staff“
  • ”Well planned and structured”
  • "A fantastic, well thought out piece of work. All the sessions are really relevant to practice and this will enable staff to plan ahead and ensure their clients get the best possible care. Thank you."
  • ”Thought-provoking new ideas to take back to the workplace”
  • "It gave me more confidence”

What is ‘Advance Care Planning’?

None of us know what the future holds.  None of us know if or when we will need the support of others.

What is a certainty is that if that need arises, we would all like to be supported according to our wishes and preferences. It therefore follows that if carers, be they professionals or not, know what our wishes and preferences are, then there is a greater likelihood that we will be supported at all times as we would like, even if we are unable to say. This requires people to think about, discuss and then record their wishes, so that relevant carers know at all times these wishes and preferences. 

This is the process of ‘advance care planning’ (ACP). 

ACP is usually associated with End of Life Care. However, in care homes for older people there may be times other than at the end of life when a resident is not able to express their wishes and if an advance care plan has been recorded, this can help staff know how the person would like to be supported. So an advance care plan can aid a person’s dignity if they are cared for as they would like and it can enhance their sense of control over their lives. Many residents in care homes will need some support from staff to complete an advance care plan.

This site will help you learn more.

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"Ascertaining Wishes" is a book written to give care staff, care professionals & relatives a good practice guide to implement advance care planning in care homes for older people.

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About This Site

This site aims to increase awareness of Advance Care Planning along with tools, techniques and articles about it.  You can get access to and download a FREE learning Pack.  You can also buy an easy to use DVD/CD pack, saving you time from downloading as well as learning more.

It's been commissioned by The Department of Health  and Social Care Institute of Excellence and is sponsored by SHARP Records & Plans