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How can you help your clients ?to think about and communicate their wishes for health care while they are well? Dr Jessica Simon, Lonny J Rosen and Shelley Birenbaum discuss ?the adviser's integral role

14 July 2013

If you had a stroke tomorrow, leaving you unable to move one half of your body, unable to swallow and to speak, who would you want to speak for you? As advisers, you probably recommend your clients document their wishes. But, does the person named as lasting power of attorney (LPA) feel prepared to help guide medics in the decisions that may need to be made about care? What about the rest of the family? Will they respect these wishes?

Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of reflection on and communication of a person’s health care preferences. Best viewed as a process, not a one-time event, ACP encourages conversations between a person; their family; and health, legal and other professionals to identify their wishes and values that can guide medical decision-making if a person b...

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