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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.

The information in this section aims to help you understand your rights to make decisions about your health and care. It explains how to make treatment and care decisions if you have the capacity to do so, and what happens if you can no longer make decisions for yourself. It also includes information about how to plan ahead to ensure your wishes for treatment and care are followed at the end of life.

 

Publications

You can also read this information in our publication, Planning Ahead: Making Choices for the End of Lifeor our guide to planning ahead that’s written especially for the LGBT community. If you have questions about the information on these pages, please contact us.

 

1.Making decisions about my treatment and care

This section explains the support you should expect from your healthcare team when making decisions about your treatment or care. It includes information about capacity, consent, health records, understanding your treatment options and making a complaint.

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2.What happens if I can’t make decisions about my treatment and care

This section explains how decisions should be made if you lack capacity, including what happens if you’ve made an Advance Decision (Living Will) or a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare.

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3.Planning ahead and making my treatment and care wishes known

Planning ahead is a way to record what’s important to you so that if you lack capacity to make decisions for yourself, your wishes are known about and can be followed. This section explains the different ways to plan ahead.

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4.Making treatment and care decisions on someone else’s behalf

This section explains how family and friends can be involved in making decisions about their loved one’s treatment and care.

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5.Making treatment decisions and planning ahead in Scotland

This section provides information about making your wishes for treatment and care known if you live in Scotland.

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6.Making treatment decisions and planning ahead in Northern Ireland

This section provides information about making your wishes for treatment and care known if you live in Northern Ireland.

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