Advance Care Planning

Have you ever considered what would happen if you were taken ill and were unable to make decisions about your treatment or communicate your wishes?

In such situations it is important that those caring for you can make decisions in your best interest. It is important to plan ahead and write down what is important to you for a time in the future when you may not be able to tell people your wishes.

An Advance Care Plan is one means to do this, and it gives you an opportunity to talk openly with family, friends, health and social care staff about your concerns or wishes for your care. 

Your Advance Care Plan could include your preferences about medical treatments and where you would like to be cared for, your favourite foods or music, whether you like a bath or a shower, or any religious or spiritual beliefs.  

An Advance Care Plan is not legally binding but when those who provide your care are aware that it exists, it must be taken into account if you are unable to make your own decisions at any time.

Please talk to a member of staff if you would like more details about making an Advance Care Plan.

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