Talking about your wishes for your care later in life can help ensure they are more likely to be fulfilled. Telling family members about your wishes can help if they ever have to make decisions about your care. There is lots of useful information and links below. Please talk to our clinicians if you would like to discuss things further.
NHS: End of life care ‘https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/end-of-life-care/#planning-ahead-for-the-end-of-life’
Advance Statement – This is a written statement which expresses wishes about future treatment, to allow others to understand your wishes if you could no longer communicate them.
Advance Decisions (to refuse treatment) – This lets others know of treatments you do not want, in case you are unable to communicate this to them in the future. If you wish to refuse life-sustaining treatments this must be signed and witnessed.
Do Not Attempt Resuscitate decision (DNAR) – Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a treatment to attempt to restart breathing and blood flow in people who have stopped breathing or their heart has stopped beating. You can decide to refuse this but it needs to be recorded to make health care professionals and others aware of this decision.
Lasting Power of Attorney – You can appoint someone to make decisions about your care in the future. They can only make these decisions if you are no longer able to make them yourself. Visit the link below for more information