Lambeth residents can get free help to record your future wishes now in an advance care plan, so that your loved ones and care professionals will know what’s important to you if you’re unable to tell them later.
You can use your plan to record things such as what you like to eat, how you style your hair and clothes, daily routines and care preferences for example requesting male or female carers. You can also explain any religious practices or values that are important to you, and care requirements for any long-term conditions, or other family members you might look after. While you can’t insist on receiving particular medical treatments, you can specify those you wouldn’t want to receive in certain situations, or you could appoint someone else to make these decisions on your behalf.
There can be a lot to consider, but people usually find making an advance care plan helps them to feel more in control and gives them and their loved ones peace of mind, because their wishes can be respected.
You can make an advance care plan at any time and you don’t need a solicitor to do it.
The free support service can tell you about the different planning documents you can use, help you decide which ones you want, support you to complete them and then share them with the right people. Choose from one-to-one support over the phone or create your own plan using free documents.
The service is part of a project which is co-led by Healthwatch Lambeth.
Find out more: www.healthwatchlambeth.org.uk/advancecareplanning