Planning ahead is important for anyone, regardless of whether they have an illness or not.
Many people think they don’t need to make decisions about their future care unless they reach a time when they know that an illness, such as advanced cancer or heart failure, can no longer be treated.
However, planning ahead is important for anyone, regardless of whether they have an illness or not. This is because none of us can say for sure whether we’ll always be able to make our own decisions about our care. For example, some people may become very ill unexpectedly. They may then be unable to make decisions about their health or social care, or make any financial plans for their close family or friends.
Living with cancer, motor neurone disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure or any other long-term illness may start you thinking about your future care and what you’d want to happen if you were to become seriously ill. Even if you’ve been cured of an illness, it’s still helpful to think about the future.
You can talk through your wishes or other plans with a professional and a family member or friend you trust. Remember that you’re the expert on you, and only you can know exactly how you’d like to be cared for.