Advance Care Planning
Planning ahead is not just for people who are ill or old, but it does become even more important if you are living with a long term illness or an incurable condition.​​

What is advance care planning

​​All adults should really be thinking about what they would want if or when they are not as well as they are now and think about what their care should look like. ​​

If we don’t think about this and talk about it to our family and friends then we will not get want we wanted if we become sick and unable to tell others ourselves.

Starting to talk

Knowing what is important and how you see things will make it easier to talk about the best ways of looking after you and treating you now and in the future

Everyone is different. Are you someone who likes to plan ahead? Or do you feel it is better to take things a day at a time? It can be really hard to bring up in conversation, especially as it feels like a taboo subject, but talking about it and writing down is important.

The informal part of advance care planning

  • What is important to me now and for the future?
  • What would I want people who care for me to know?
  • What concerns have I got for the future, what do I fear happening?
This is called an advanced statement.

Think about nominating a named spokesperson. This is someone who can speak for you if you couldn't speak for yourself.

The formal part of advance care planning -

this is legally binding

Completion of an Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (ADRT) document. Appoint someone to make decisions. This is called a lasting power of attorney. There is a useful guide and template available online by clicking on the link below

Get in touch

If you woud like to get in touch with someone about advance care planinng please get in touch with our Day Therapy Team.

Day Therapy Team

If you are a Health and Social Care Professional and would like more support with Advance Care Planning please contact our Education Department.

Education Department