Advance Care Planning

Thinking ahead about how you would like to be cared for at the end of your life or if

you were unable to express your wishes.

About advance care planning

Advance care planning involves considering and recording your wishes for how you would like to be treated and cared for at the end of your life, or if you could no longer communicate or make your own decisions.

It gives you an opportunity to identify what care you would like, as well as any treatments you may not want to receive in certain situations.

Free events and workshops

Find out more at these events around Lambeth during Dying Matters Week, 14-20 May 2018:

  • Monday 14 May, 7pm-8.30pm: Death Café with Healthwatch Lambeth and the Independent Living and Carers Partnership
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    venue: Otter Cafe, Knights Hill, West Norwood, SE27 0HS

    A friendly, informal session to chat with others about any aspect of death you would like to explore.

    Free refreshments - all welcome. No need to book - help with travel and other access eg carer cover available. For more information, contact Kate at Healthwatch on tel no: 020 7095 5764.

  • Monday 14 May, 7pm-9pm: The Art of Kindness: teaching, reflection and guided meditation with Royal Trinity Hospice
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    Venue: Royal Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0RN

    An evening on teaching, reflection and meditation on what it is to be kind

    More info on the Dying Matters website

  • Tuesday 15 May, 10am-3pm: Drop-in Information Event at St Thomas Hospital
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    Venue:Birdsong corridor, St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7EH

    Drop-in event to raise awareness of and share information about life and death, dying and bereavement. For further details contact the palliative care administrative team on tel no: 020 7188 4754 or email:gst-tr.gstt-palliativecare@nhs.net

  • Tuesday 15 May, 6.30pm: Death Café with Royal Trinity Hospice
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    Venue: Royal Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0RN

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  • Wednesday 16 May, 10.30am-1pm: End of Life Care Information Event with Healthwatch Lambeth
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    Venue:We are 336, 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA

    A chance to find out about options for care in different settings and the local services available. It will include presentations on care in your own home, in a nursing home and in hospital, as well as information stalls from local hospitals, hospices, district nurses and other support services.

    Book your place via Eventbrite

  • Wednesday 16 May, 6.30pm-8.30pm: Creative Writing Showcase with Royal Trinity Hospice
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    Venue:Royal Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0RN

    A creative writing showcase of patient, family, staff and volunteer poetry, stories and memoirs that explore thoughts about life and what it means to be at the end of life.

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    Thursday 17 May, 10am-12pm: Information Stall with Compassion in Dying

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    Venue: Gracefield Gardens Health and Social Care Centre, 2-8 Gracefield Gardens, SW16 2ST

    Compassion in Dying can help you prepare for the end of life. How to talk about it, plan for it, and record your wishes. They will be holding an Information stall with lots of free resources. Have any questions? Talk to them on tel no: 0800 999 2434 or email:info@compassionindying.org.uk

  • Thursday 17 May, 10am-3pm: Drop-in Information Event at Guy's Hospital
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    Tower Wing reception, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, SE1 9RT

    Drop-in event to raise awareness of and share information about life and death, dying and bereavement. For further details contact the palliative care administrative team on tel no: 020 7188 4754 or email:gst-tr.gstt-palliativecare@nhs.net

  • Thursday 17 May, 2pm-4pm: Death Café with Healthwatch Lambeth and the Independent Living and Carers Partnership
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    Venue:The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, SE11 4TH

    Join Healthwatch Lambeth and the ILCP for a Death Cafe.

    A friendly, informal session to chat with others about any aspect of death you would like to explore.

    Free refreshments - all welcome

    No need to book - help with travel and other access ef carer cover available. For more information, contact Kate at Healthwatch on tel no: 020 7095 5764.

  • Thursday 17 May, 7pm: A Conversation Starter around Loss, Grief, and Bereavement with with Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London
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    Venue:Greenwood Theatre, 55 Weston Street, SE1 3RA

    A theatre performance and panel discussion to start a conversation around the topics of loss, grief and bereavement with our local community.

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  • Friday 18 May, 2pm-4pm: Advance Care Planning Information Stall with Compassion in Dying and Ask Irwin
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    Venue:The Hills Pharmacy, 99 Kennington Lane, SE11 4HQ

    Why it is important

    Thinking, talking about and recording what it is important to you will help make sure that family, friends and professionals understand what you want and respect your wishes.

    It can also give you and your loved ones peace of mind, enabling you to live well and get the most out of life. Planning now can make a stressful time later easier for you and those around you.

    You can create an advance care plan at any time. It’s not just for people nearing the end of their life.

     
     
     

    Advance care planning tools

    Here are three key ways to help you record your future care wishes.

    Advance Statement

    An Advance Statement allows you to record anything that’s important to you such as your care preferences, feelings, beliefs and values, in case you later become unable to make or communicate decisions for yourself. Legally, health and care professionals do not have to follow your exact instructions, however your advance statement must be taken into account when a decision is being made on your behalf.

    Advance Decision

    An Advance Decision allows you to write down any medical treatments that you do not want to have in the future, in case you later become unable to make or communicate decisions for yourself. It is also sometimes called a Living Will or an Advance Directive. An advance decision is legally binding, so health and care professionals have to follow it.

    Appointing a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare

    A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare (LPA) allows you to give someone you trust the legal power to make decisions about your health and personal welfare on your behalf, in case you later become unable to make decisions for yourself. This can include the type of care you receive, refusing treatment and day-to-day things like your diet and daily routine.

    Find out more about these tools from the organisations in the Getting Help section

    Getting help

    These organisations offer free help to develop your own advance care plan:

    Compassion in Dying: Free information line 0800 999 243 and information and resources

    Ask Erwin is a Lambeth based organisation that provides information and support around Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). They have an information service and provide LPA guided support workshops. For further information tel: 020 7564 8760 or email: info@askerwin.org

    About the Lambeth Advance Care Planning Consortium

    This consortium brings together a range of local organisations that are working to promote advance care planning across Lambeth.

    The consortium is an open network of organisations and the current members include: Action on Elder Abuse, Age UK Lambeth, Ask Erwin, Alzheimer’s Society, Compassion in Dying, Healthwatch Lambeth, Lambeth Carers Hub, Lambeth Council Safeguarding Adults Team, Lambeth Local Care Networks, Lambeth Patient Participation Group Network, Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Project, NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group.

    To find out more about the consortium, contact Kate at Healthwatch on tel no: 020 7095 5764, email: kate.damiral@healthwatchlambeth.org.uk

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