Planning for the future
When planning for the future, many of us don’t consider our advanced care plan, but it’s important to be aware of our options when it comes to how we want to be cared for. Especially if the unexpected happens.
Known as an Advanced Care Plan in the healthcare community, this is simply a discussion between yourself and a care provider or loved one about what you would and wouldn’t want from your care. This is a chance for you to discuss, document and share any concerns you have, as well as any important values or care wishes. It avoids your loved ones from making these difficult decisions when the time comes.
By planning your future care, you can establish the type of care you would like to receive in the event of a terminal illness or end of life, and where you wish to be cared for in case you are unable to express your preference.
This is an important step to take as it ensures that your loved ones and those providing your future care, understand your wishes and preferences.
Remember, you have choices
It’s important for you to know that you have a few additional options when it comes to planning your future care. One of these options includes completing a lasting Power of Attorney which means you can nominate someone to act on your behalf when the time comes. More information on how to do this can be found on the government website.
Alternatively, you can set up a legal document called Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment. This specifies what treatment you would not want and in what circumstances. If you have one of these, health care professionals involved in your care should be made aware and you must also tell then if you change your mind at any point.
Plan your future, today
Advanced care planning may be uncomfortable to think about, but it offers you security and a guarantee that when the time comes, you will be looked after according to your own wishes.
If you would like to speak to a member of the team about your advanced care plan options, or simply want to know more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org