End of life care

Planning ahead for the end of life

If you have a terminal illness, or are approaching the end of your life, it may be a good idea to make plans for your future care.

Planning ahead in this way is sometimes called "advance care planning", and involves thinking and talking about your wishes for how you are cared for in the final months of your life.

People usually carry out advance planning because they have a condition that is expected to get worse, which may mean they will not be able to make or communicate their decisions in the future.

Anyone can plan for their future care, whether they are approaching the end of life or not. Advance care planning can let people know your wishes and feelings while you're still able to.

These links take you to more information on the following topics:

Why plan ahead

Find out how you and your family, friends and carers can benefit from planning ahead for your future care.

Advance statement

Find out what an advance statement is, and how you can create one to let people know your wishes.

Advance decision to refuse treatment

If you don't want certain kinds of treatment in the future, you can make a legally binding advance decision.

Lasting power of attorney

Find out how you can legally appoint someone to make decisions about your care in the future if you become unable to make decisions yourself.

Making a will

This links to the GOV.UK website, which has information on how to make a will. This will ensure that your property and finances are dealt with in accordance to your wishes after your death.