Planning for your Future Care - A Guide
There may be times in your life when you think about the consequences of becoming seriously ill or disabled. This may be at a time of ill health or as a result of an Accident or other life changing event. It may simply be because you are the sort of person who likes to plan ahead. If you were to lose consciousness or the capacity to make decisions about your life today, what are the important things you would like those caring for you to know about you and what you would want to happen?
You may want to take the opportunity to think about what living with a serious illness might mean to you, your partner or your relatives, particularly if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. You may wish to record what your preferences and wishes for future care and treatment might be or you may prefer to trust those around you who understand the circumstances of your care to make decisions in your best interests at the time.
One way of making people aware of your wishes is by a process that is called advance care planning. This booklet provides an explanation about advance care planning and the different options open to you. The booklet uses some of the terms contained within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act (2005). Please click here to view the booklet (PDF, 270KB).