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Advance care planning

Advance care planning allows you to think through, document and communicate how you wish to be cared for at the end of your life. There are a range of documents available to guide you through some of the key issues you might want to think about.  

People often find it difficult to think about the days leading up to their death, but this will help your family and those providing clinical care to act in accordance with your wishes.  Knowing that your family and carers are clear about your plans and wishes can also bring you some relief.

Advance Statement

This allows you to document your concerns, preferences, beliefs and values – what is important to you?  It is not a legally binding document, but is an important tool to help you think through what you want, who you want to be kept informed and any practical arrangements that are important to you.

The Advance Statement in use within Worcestershire can be found here.  

Once you have completed all the sections that are important to you, please share this with your family and any professionals involved in your care.  It is important that they are aware of your wishes, and where to find the document.

Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment

This document lets you say what you don’t want doing to you, and under what circumstances.  When properly completed, this is a legally binding document, and so needs to be completed with care.  

This document can be obtained from a doctor or nurse involved in your care.  It is important that you talk this through with a doctor or nurse who knows you well, so that you are fully aware of the implications of the decisions you are making.

Lasting Power of Attorney

You can legally appoint someone to make decisions about your care in the future if you become unable to make decisions yourself.  Further information on how to do this can be found on the NHS Choices website.

Making a Will

By making a will you will ensure that your property and finances are dealt with in accordance with your wishes after your death. Click here to find out more about making a will.