The importance of planning ahead

Planning ahead can help you receive the care you want, and can also help to make things easier for your partner and family when you are nearing the end of life.

If you’re living with a life limiting illness, it can be helpful to think about what care you’d like to receive in the future. It’s a good idea to discuss your plans with your family, friends, and doctor or nurse.

Making these plans might make it more likely that other people understand what’s important to you and make it more possible that you’ll get the care you want. It can help make things easier for your family.

To plan your future care you might want to think about things such as making a will, any spiritual or religious beliefs that are important to you, appointing someone to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so ( lasting Power of Attorney). You may also want to think about who you would like to spend time with, how you would like to be looked after and where you would like to be looked after. Planning practical issues such as the care of a pet are also important.

Even if you’re not approaching the end of your life, it can still be helpful to plan ahead. It’s helpful if there is a time in the future when you aren’t able to tell people what you want.

If you would like to talk more about this drop in to the Council Building at Civic Way, Ellesmere Port  on Thursday 17th May 11-2.30pm  where there will be clinical staff from the hospice available to chat with you.

Useful links here

Marie Curie

NHS Planning

Dying Matters