My Life, My Decision was an outreach service supporting people aged 50 plus to ensure their wishes for treatment and care are known and respected. It aimed to give thousands of older people the opportunity to exercise their rights to plan ahead.

The project covered three main areas:

  • Offering one-to-one support to people aged 50 plus wishing to discuss their wishes for treatment and care, and providing support to complete an Advance Decision, Advance Statement or a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Raising awareness of end of life rights amongst people aged 50 plus and their communities
  • Delivering accredited training to professionals, volunteers and community groups

This outreach service provided information and support in seven regions around England in partnership with local Age UKs.

The coloured markers on the map below show contact information on the project coordinators for each region.

If you live elsewhere, you can phone our Freephone Information Line on 0800 999 2434.

One-to-One Support

A fully trained Age UK volunteer provided one-to-one information and support and travelled to meet you at a suitable location.

During these visits they provided necessary information to explore the options available around planning ahead, helping people understand their rights to make decisions about their own treatment and care, and support them to complete the necessary paperwork to make their wishes known.

Volunteers supported people to complete the following documents:

Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment

At some point in the future, perhaps at the end of your life, you may be unable to tell others what you want. An Advance Decision is a legally binding way to set out the treatments you would want in that situation.

Advance Statement

An Advance Statement is a general statement of what you want and what is important to you. It can contain any information you feel is important for others to know such as where you would prefer to be cared for, food preferences, spiritual beliefs or daily routine. It helps people involved in your care to understand what is important to you if you were unable to speak for yourself.

Lasting Powers of Attorney for Health and Welfare

Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare allows you to give a trusted person the power to make any decision about your health or care, in case you become unable to make decisions in the future.

 

Raising Awareness

My Life, My Decision staff and volunteers were able to provide short talks and CPD accredited briefings to staff teams, voluntary and community groups, forums to inform people about My Life, My Decision services, end of life rights and the tools available that the project can support individuals to complete.

Please see our training page for more information.

 

Training

Volunteers

Volunteers were recruited, trained and supported to provide one-to-one support sessions or give talks in the community about the My Life, My Decision project.

Community groups and Health and Social Care Professionals

If your organisation or staff would like to receive training on Advance Decisions, Lasting Power for Attorney for Health and Welfare or starting end-of-life conversations then please see our training page for more information.