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Making decisions and planning your care.

For someone in my position, it’s really good to know I can make my wishes known so nothing will happen that I don’t want to happen.

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Everyone will have to make a decision about their health or care at some point in their lives. Some people will be able to make their own decisions throughout their life. Others might, at some point, lose the ability to decide for themselves.

Understanding your rights to make decisions, and knowing what happens if you become unable to decide for yourself, is crucial in ensuring your wishes are respected and followed at the end of life.

You can read all the information below in a printed publication, Planning ahead – making choices for the end of life, which you can download or order from our Information Line

If you have questions about any of the information on these pages please contact us.

1.What are my rights to make decisions about my treatment and care?

This section explains the rights you have to make choices about your treatment and care if you are able to make decisions for yourself.

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2.What happens if I can’t make decisions for myself?

If you are unable to make a decision for yourself then your rights are protected by law. This section explains what the law says about how decisions must be made. It also explains who makes decisions if you have not planned ahead.

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3.How can I plan ahead to ensure my wishes are followed if I can’t make decisions in the future?

There are steps you can take to ensure that your wishes are followed if you lose capacity. This section sets out the different ways you can plan ahead to record your wishes so that your family and friends know about them and so that healthcare professionals can act on them.

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5.Where can I be cared for at the end of life?

There are several places in which you can receive care at the end of life. This section sets out the main options available to you.

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6.How can I complain about a treatment or care I have received?

If you are not happy with a health or social care service you have received you have the right to complain. This section explains how to complain about different types of service.

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