A verbal or written record of what is important to you about your end of life care and preferences. This will vary from person to person but may include things like:
- How you might want any religious or spiritual beliefs you hold to be reflected in your care
- The name of a person/people you wish to be consulted on your behalf at a later time; this could be a close family member but can be anyone you choose
- Your choice about where you would like to be cared for, for example at home, in a hospital, nursing home or a hospice
- Where you would like to be cared for at the end of your life and who you would like to be with you
- Your thoughts on different treatments or types of care that you might be offered
- How you like to do things, for example preferring a shower instead of a bath or sleeping with the light on
- Concerns or solutions about practical issues, for example who will look after your pet should you become ill.