- Help you to make informed decisions in your own time by considering your options
- Give you control over the care and treatment you receive, whether that is tomorrow or further in the future
- Give you peace of mind that you have taken steps to make sure your wishes are known about, recorded and respected.
- Help them to feel involved in your decisions and to understand your wishes
- Make sure they are not left guessing what you want if doctors ask them to help make a decision about your care or treatment.
‘Advance care planning’ is the term used to describe planning ahead. It's about the conversation between people, their families and carers and those looking after them about their future wishes and priorities for care. Advance Care planning is key to improving care for people nearing the end of life and of enabling better planning and provision of care, to help them live well and die well in the place and the manner of their choosing. It enables people to discuss and record their future health and care wishes and also to appoint someone as an advocate or surrogate, thus making the likelihood of these wishes being known and respected at the end of life. The main goal is to clarify peoples’ wishes, needs and preferences and deliver care to meet these needs.
Advance Care Planning is a way to think ahead, to describe what’s important to you and to ensure other people know your wishes for the future. It’s about helping you to live well right to the end of your life.
The Compassion in Dying website has a number of really useful resources to help guide you and help support your choices https://compassionindying.org.uk/library/
Please see a short video about what Advance Care Planning can mean to you.