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.
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.
A new support service - coming soon
The project will offer free, one-to-one support to help people consider what matters to them when receiving medical treatment and care and make an advance care plan.
The service will support older people, unpaid carers, those with long-term conditions including dementia and learning disabilities, and Lambeth’s sizeable Portuguese-speaking communities.
The project begins in summer 2019 and the service will be available from winter 2019/20.
The project is led by Compassion in Dying and Healthwatch Lambeth. It’s funded by the National Lottery Community Fund through its partnership programme.
These organisations offer free help to develop your own advance care plan:
Compassion in Dying works to inform and empower people to exercise their rights and choices around end-of-life care. They can answer any questions you may have around your rights around planning ahead for future healthcare.
Ask Erwin: phone 020 7564 8760 or email: email@example.com
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.
Carers Hub legal clinic offers carers 30mins free legal advice with a qualified solicitor. You can discuss Power of Attorney, Court of Protection and Wills & Probate. The appointments are either face to face at 336 Brixton Road or over the phone if the carer has issues getting to our offices. The clinic is monthly, generally on the third Wednesday between 5 & 7pm. Appointments are booked in advance, it is not a drop in.
SAIL is a multi-agency referral scheme that can help you access the support you need, connect you with local services and help you maintain your independence, safety and wellbeing. For example, they can put you in touch with cancer support groups, counselling services and advice on where to go for funeral planning help.
Advance care planning tools
Here are three key ways to help you record your future care wishes.
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.
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
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, Carers Hub Lambeth, Lambeth Council Safeguarding Adults Team, Neighbourhood and Wellbeing Alliance (part of Lambeth Together) , Lambeth Patient Participation Group Network, Stockwell Partnership, NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, Lambeth Learning Disability Assembly, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, and St Christopher’s Hospice.
To find out more about the consortium, contact Kate at Healthwatch on: 020 7095 5764, email: firstname.lastname@example.org