Hello, DoctorxDentist community! I’m Abigail Chay, a freelance actress, comedienne, teacher, and show host from Singapore! I’ll be replying to all your comments on Thursday, 4 April 2019, at 1 pm.
Recently, there was a health screening conducted at a Residents' Committee (RC) centre in my neighbourhood. Prior to that, I had been hospitalised and I thought I was going to pass on then. The representative I met at the ACP booth was friendly and comprehensive in explaining what ACP is all about.
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process that involves reflecting and sharing your care preferences with your loved ones and/or healthcare professionals in advance, so that they know what to do in the event that you lose the mental capacity to make decisions on your own.
I have completed my Advance Care Planning because I saw the importance of doing so for the sake of my 92-year-old father. In the event that I am hospitalised and if I can't make decisions for myself anymore, my father need not be stressed making emotionally painful decisions on my behalf. My ACP is a kind of love for my aged father should I meet death. I also managed to convince my father to do his ACP joyfully and willingly as well.
I am an ambassador of Let's Talk Care, a Singapore-based campaign to raise awareness about Advance Care Planning. The campaign is run by four undergraduates from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University.
Leave a comment below to ask me anything about Advance Care Planning, e.g.:
• What Advance Care Planning is
• Who needs Advance Care Planning?
• What do I need to discuss with my Nominated Healthcare Spokesperson (NHS)?
• What does Advance Care Planning involve?
• Where can I go or who can I approach to take care of my Advance Care Planning needs?