End of life care, also called 'palliative care' or 'hospice care', supports people who may be in their last year of life. It helps you to live as well as possible and manage your condition with dignity.
There are lots of different services for end of life care, depending on what support you need. Support will focus on the whole of your life, including support for your family or carers, and emotional and spiritual support.
Search 'palliative' on the Healthwatch Service Directory for details of local services for you and your family.
Thinking about the decisions you and your family might need to make in the future can be difficult, and might feel like 'tempting fate' but it can also help make things easier. Some people find that planning ahead helps them to have a sense of control and reassurance.
An Advance Statement is a written statement saying how you would prefer to be looked after, so that people know what to do if you're not able to make decisions, or communicate.
Think about what's important to you. It might be a certain routine you like to follow, certain food you like to eat, or dates you like to celebrate. For example, is it important to you that you continue to observe your religious, cultural or family traditions in your usual way? An Advance Statement can make sure the people involved with your care know how to support you in this.
Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment
An Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment, sometimes called an Advance Decision, ADRT or 'living will', is where you write down which treatments you do not want to have.
If you ever lack capacity to make a decision about your treatment, or you are unable to communicate your wishes, an Advance Decision will make sure the people involved in your care know which treatment options you would refuse.
Lasting Power of Attorney
Lasting Power of Attorney is the term for choosing someone who will make decisions on your behalf if you ever lack capacity to make decision s in the future. The law says that you can only arrange this whilst you still have capacity.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney, one for your health and welfare, and one for your property and financial affairs. You can choose to have different people for each type, or more than one person. You can also choose the same person to do both.
Making a Will
A will is a written statement of what you want to happen to your money, your home, and your belongings after your death. It can help to make sure you pay the right inheritance tax and, even if your belongings have only sentimental value, a will can help to avoid disputes in the family.
You can use your will to say how you would like to be remembered at your funeral, such as whether you would prefer to be buried or cremated, and what music you'd like to play.
You can make a will at any time, and you can update it or make a new will at any time afterwards.
Find out more about making a will on the Gov.uk website.