As Marie Curie suggest
“Whatever stage you’re at in your life, it can be useful to plan for the future. Planning ahead can help make sure that other people know what you want and may make it more likely that your wishes will be understood and followed in the future. It can also give you more control over your future treatment and care. And it can make things easier for your family and friends, as they’ll know what you want.”
“Getting started with planning ahead.” Marie Curie website. Retrieved 14 February 2023.
NHS Choices pose some important questions
“Would your partner or family know:
- about the type of care, you would like to receive or where you would like to die
- if you would want to be admitted to hospital or resuscitated (helped to start breathing again, if you stop)
- if you want to refuse any types of treatment
These might not be easy topics to think about but, by discussing your wishes with your family, you could be saving them from having to help doctors make difficult decisions later on without knowing what you would have wanted.”
“Why plan ahead?” NHS choices website. Retrieved 14 February 2023.
Local and national support to help you plan for the future
Under End of life there is support for planning for the future, including steps you might take decades before your death such as with
- A lasting power of attorney
- An advanced statement or decision (living will)