Advice for anyone who wants to ensure their wishes are upheld in the event they are unable to make their own decisions.
Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning involves discussions between you and a healthcare provider, e.g. a doctor, (family can join too) around any concerns and wishes for future care and treatments. This can then be documented and used in the event that you are unable to make your own decisions.
It is your chance to nominate family or friends to become involved in decisions, if necessary, on your behalf and make sure your wishes are known to those responsible for your care.
Statement of Wishes and Preferences
Although this is not legally binding it has to be taken into account under the Mental Capacity Act when others are making a judgment based on your best interest. Statements can include preferences on care, where they want to receive it and what is important to them. Statements can be reviewed and changed.
We have blank Statements available at the hospice if you would like to look at one, and we are happy to discuss your wishes for the future and complete the statement with you if you wish.
The Advance Decision (also previously known as a Living Will or Advance Directive) allows you to provide instructions about your possible medical treatment, in case there comes a time when you are no longer capable of making decisions or of communicating these decisions to health care professionals.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 has determined that any refusal of treatment that is contained within a valid and applicable Advance Decision document is legally binding.
We have further information available at the Hospice and are happy to help you write an Advance Decision if you wish.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)
Under the Mental Capacity Act, you can choose a person, ‘an attorney’, to take decisions on your behalf. It is a good idea to choose people who know you well.
If you would like an attorney, you need to complete a form and register it with the Office of the Public Guardian.
There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney and you can have more than one attorney.
- One LPA concerns personal welfare. These attorneys can only make a decision on your behalf if you lack the capacity to make a particular decision yourself.
- The other kind of LPA is for property and affairs and starts at the time of registration, unless you state otherwise.
All attorneys have to act in your best interest and within any restrictions and stated conditions.
For more information or to download the forms and supporting information visit:
Telephone: 0845 330 2900
Making a Will
Making a will ensures your wishes are upheld and saves those who you love going through sometimes very difficult and upsetting legal processors.
It is also very helpful to others, to list instructions which include details of your bank and building society accounts and where to find important documents.
Wills can be produced with or without the help of a solicitor.
To learn more about the Mental Capacity Act visit:
Telephone: 0870 600 5522
Do you need any more information?
Should you need any further information please contact a family support worker, nurse or a doctor at St Elizabeth Hospice.