Planning ahead is important for everyone, even if you’re in good health. By making choices about your future care early on, you can ensure that what you want to happen is carried out. And this gives you and your loved ones greater peace of mind.
We know making decisions about your future care isn’t easy. Which is why we’ve developed our free booklet Your life and your choices: plan ahead.
Putting plans in place
Adrienne, who works for Macmillan, knows just how valuable planning can be. When her father-in-law Dennis was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, the family set about helping him make plans. ‘We knew Dennis wanted to die at home, so we got everything ready. He was able to talk to people about what he wanted, and where he wanted to be cared for.’
Dennis’s family say he couldn’t have had a better end to his life. He died peacefully at home, holding his granddaughter’s hand. And Adrienne’s in no doubt the plans they made are to thank for that.
Helping patients to be heard
She explains, ‘When Dennis was very poorly, there were times people wanted to admit him to hospital – but we were able to say that he didn’t want that, because he had written it all down. If we hadn’t talked about it, and if we hadn’t written it down, that wouldn’t have happened.’
As Adrienne points out, the booklet is something everyone can use: ‘It’s a useful guide that helps people have an open conversation. And it’s important to have that conversation early on – whether someone has months or years to live, or whatever transition they’re going through.’
Order your free booklet now. And for help with planning your future care, please speak to your GP or health or social care professional. You don’t have to wait for them to ask.
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