Meet Karyn, a 57-year-old retiree and dedicated Filos volunteer. She recently shared her life-changing experience navigating the profound conversations of Advance Care Planning (ACP).
Karyn discovered ACP during a part-time course on Gerontology at Temasek Polytechnic. "I treasure the quality of life over longevity. If I don't have good health, living a longer life with serious illnesses is a form of suffering," she reflects. Motivated by the desire to have a say in her terminal care and after-death arrangements, Karyn, with Filos' assistance, embarked on a journey of personal exploration.
Her first encounter with ACP came through the guidance of Bobo, Filos' ACP Facilitator. Together with her husband, Karyn engaged in thoughtful discussions, refining their care goals and consolidating their plans. "Bobo is friendly, patient, and knowledgeable. She read through our draft ACP booklets beforehand and helped to fine-tune our care goals," Karyn shares.
The ACP Resources page on the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) website played a pivotal role in Karyn's understanding of the importance of planning for future health and personal care too. The ACP booklet, a step-by-step guide, provided clarity, allowing Karyn to express her healthcare preferences and solidify her life views.
Having gone through the throes of terminal illnesses within her family, Karyn recognised the potential for disputes over the care and after-death arrangements. ACP became her tool for a peace of mind, ensuring her values were not only expressed but clearly understood by her appointed spokespersons—her husband and daughter.
Karyn's advice to those considering the Filos ACP Programme is grounded in practicality and personal alignment. "Go through AIC ACP resources first," she suggests. For those who wish to be guided through the conversations, attending talks or engaging directly with an ACP facilitator offers a valuable alternative.
Karyn believes that Advance Care Planning is a useful tool to make sure that she gets the care she wants, even during her final moments. Through Filos, ACP is not just a form of documentation but also a means of empowerment, guiding people like Karyn to a future where their voices will be heard and their wishes will be respected.
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