If someone has dementia, it is likely that their ability to make decisions (mental capacity) will be affected in the future. There may come a time when they will not be able to make certain decisions or communicate easily. If they think ahead about their future care and treatment, it can help you and any other carers, such as health professionals.
There are different ways the person you care for can plan ahead. This is sometimes known as advance care planning. It includes:
- their wishes and preferences for care
- Advance Statements
- Advance Decisions (or Directive) to Refuse Treatment
- Lasting Power of Attorney.