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Think Ahead for GPs, Specialists, and Healthcare Teams

Irish Hospice Foundation’s Think Ahead Planning Pack will become a legally binding document with the commencement of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act.

Your patients may arrive to an appointment or to a new care facility with a Medical Summary Form or with the entire Think Ahead Planning Pack. Discussing end of life with people can be difficult, but it is a great opportunity for you to discuss this with them and answer any questions they may have.

Your patients may arrive to an appointment or to a new care facility with a or with the entire Think Ahead Planning Pack. Discussing end of life with people can be difficult, but it is a great opportunity for you to discuss this with them and answer any questions they may have.

Make a copy of any forms presented to you and put these forms in the patient’s file. Ask your patient what their goals are and what matters to them about their end of life care. Ask your patient if they have questions about treatments, specifically about their Advance Healthcare Directive.

Make sure you know what to look for in an Advance Healthcare Directive. In order to be legal, the document must be signed and dated by the Directive Maker (your patient), their Designated/Alternate Healthcare Representatives (if appointed), and two witnesses. One of the witnesses may be a family member, but the other one must not be.

Remember, with the commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act, this document will be legally-binding when the patient lacks capacity to express or communicate their choices. Knowing what a patient wants for their end of life care will assist you and the patient’s entire healthcare team in providing the best care possible.

Pricing

Think Ahead Planning Packs are available to GPs, healthcare providers, nursing homes, hospices, libraries, charities, and community groups in bulk prices. Think Ahead Planning Packs are not for resale, so the institution must be committed to making sure these forms are provided free of charge to their staff, patients, or community members.

For bulk pricing, please contact [email protected] or call (087) 330-9292.

We are currently seeking funding to provide free Think Ahead Planning Packs to eligible groups. If you are aware of funding opportunities, please contact [email protected]

Training

We offer ongoing trainings for healthcare professionals on how to use Think Ahead Planning Packs in your practise. Please see our Webinars and Events page.

To arrange a training with your organisation, please contact [email protected] or call (087) 330-9292.

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