Documenting and sharing your wishes and decisions will help people know what you want or not want. Make sure you share your wishes and choices with your family, friends and those who matter to you as well as health and social care professionals.
Have a look at the information below. There are links for examples and suggestions at the bottom of the page.
This is way for you to make generalised statements describing your wishes and preferences about future treatment and care so that people know. For instance where would you like to be looked after such as your home, in a hospital, in a nursing home or hospice. Whilst it is not legally binding if you have a Lasting Power of Attorney they must take your Advance Statement into account when deciding what is in your best interest.
Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (ADRT)
This is a formal way for you to write down and share any decisions you make about treatments that you do not want in the future.
Lasting Power of Attorney
You can choose to give another person (or more than one) legal authority (making them an ‘attorney’) to make decisions on your behalf about your care if a time comes that you are not able to make your own decisions. This is a legally binding document.
It is up to you whether you choose to complete all three documents or just one. The documents will only be used if you are unable to make or communicate a decision for yourself.
“My children and my husband now know exactly what I want. My advance care plan, my funeral plan and my will have all been sorted, and my eldest, now 10, has made it very clear she is after my pair of pearl and gold earrings!”
Source: Mireille Hayden, Dying Matters
Further resources are available here
Examples of document templates can be found here