Planning Your Future Care
What is this Plan for?
This Care Plan is your opportunity to think ahead and write down what is important for you about your future care. This will enable those who care for you to take full consideration of your wishes and preferences, both now and when you approach the end of your life.
Preparing this Plan on behalf of someone else
In some situations a person may lack capacity to make a Plan for themselves. This may be because of cognitive impairment such as dementia, or any other condition affecting their ability to understand, weigh up or communicate their wishes. This plan may be completed by their next of kin or by someone appointed under a Lasting Power of Attorney for health and welfare. The following points should be considered in this situation
What can be included in the Plan?
You can use this plan in whatever way you like. You may like to include information about where and how you would like to be cared for at the end of life, the kinds of treatment you would like to have, and any other issues that are important to you. As it is entirely your plan, you can include or leave out anything you wish. This is not a legal document, and you do not have to include any legal information in it, if you don’t wish to.
- Where at all possible, you should include the person in these discussions and make all efforts to understand their wishes. Discussion with family, carers and those close to the person can help.
- The Plan is for you to consider “What the person would have wanted for their future and end of life care”. This may not be the same as what decisions you would like for them or for yourself.
- It is especially useful if you can indicate why you know their wishes, by for example including written or verbal statements they had made.
- Please document clearly in the Plan the names of those completing the form, and that this was done on behalf of the person, because they did not have the capacity to complete it themselves.
Do I have to make a Plan?
No. You do not need to do this unless you want to. You may wish to talk about your wishes with family and health professionals instead.
Should I talk to others about my Plan?
You may find it helpful to talk about your future care with your family and friends, as well as with your healthcare professionals such as your nurse or GP. Sometimes this can be difficult because it might be emotional, or people may not agree. Often just having this discussion is very useful and makes it easier to bring difficult issues out in the open. It may be helpful to talk about any particular needs your family, friends or carers may have. If others do help you with your Plan, please write their names at the end.
Can I change my Plan?
You may find that your wishes about your care change over time. This is entirely normal and simply reflects that different things become more or less important at different times. If at any time you wish to review or change this Plan, you are free to do so.
How do I complete the Plan?
The questions in the Plan give a few ideas about what some people wish to write about. You do not have to answer all the questions. You may also add in any other pages or information you would like. You may not feel able to answer all the questions now, and you can always choose to complete or change it whenever you like.
Will my wishes and preferences be met?
What you have written in your Care Plan will always be taken into account when planning your care. However, sometimes things can change unexpectedly. Your Plan can help healthcare professionals know your wishes, when planning your care.