ExSitu helps people create legal, clinically-recognised documents by guiding users through a series of questions related to their values and priorities about ageing and medical wishes.
When a loved one happens to reach a state of ill health where they cannot communicate their medical wishes, it can leave their caregivers or relatives in a difficult situation. If their medical desires are unknown, the responsibility can fall on carers and family to make those decisions, to reflect what they think that person might want and what would be in their best interests. This can sometimes lead to disagreements within families or cause stress at a difficult time.
ExSitu has simplified the process by creating an online questionnaire that generates care planning documents. Users can choose to work through the questions themselves or receive support from a facilitator. The online tool guides users through a series of questions that clarifies their priorities and values. The platform uses a card sorting exercise to help prioritise what matters to them the most. For example, cards include aspects such as ‘how I move around,’ ‘sense of purpose,’ ‘pets,’ ‘things I wish to continue with despite the risk,’ and ‘where I live.’ These can then be ranked according to importance, on a scale from ‘not as important’ to ‘very important.’
Users can then elaborate on each aspect in their own words. ExSitu then generates a clear, legal, and clinically-recognised document. The advance care plan can then be discussed with the family, the medical team, and the care team to accurately clarify preferences, needs and wishes. This supports people living well in all stages of their health and life, and where their future medical hopes are respected. The system costs $49 or $149 if one-to-one support with a facilitator is required. The founders have a passion for environmental conservation, and the name originates from that concept, where ExSitu is the process of protecting parts of an ecosystem when it becomes vulnerable.