Nobody knows what’s going to happen in the future. Many of us will make a will to take care of the physical things in our lives. But, we also have to think about when there may come a time we have to rely on someone else to care for us and act on our behalf. This can happen at any stage in our lives due to illness, accident, or mental distress.
Before this happens, it’s comforting to talk about and record your wishes and values about your care and treatment for those who need to know.
Our Think Ahead programme allows you to write down your wishes and also to start the conversations with your loved ones, that otherwise might be difficult.
This is your opportunity to talk about them openly and write them down. Our Think Ahead form will guide you through the process one step at a time.
We also have FAQ’s to help you answer questions. It’s important to know there are no right or wrong decisions to make, and your wishes may be completely different to that of your spouse, partner, child or friend and that is ok. Your wishes belong to you. Think Ahead is about you.
Using Think Ahead you can:
- give the names and contact details of people important to you to contact in case of an emergency.
- record your wishes about care in the event of serious illness or death.
- talk about you – what is important to you, your likes, dislikes, hopes and fears.
- give a summary of your medical history, any medications you are receiving. This information is important to any healthcare workers that may take care of you – so it is useful to have it recorded in one place.
- document your top level legal information and financial affairs.
- give details of your wishes for care after death.
- write down what your funeral plans.
- decide and record if you want to donate organs or your body for research.
- list useful organisations that you think people will need to know
Completing the form
Take your time. You can complete a page at a time or complete it in one sitting, remember, it’s completely up to you.
- Where would you like to be cared for if you’re no longer independent?
- Who do you trust to speak on your behalf to make sure your plan is followed?
- What is meaningful to you now and in the future, what you like to listen to, who would you like to talk with, your faith, and experiences that bring you joy and happiness?
- What treatments you would like and would not like to have? (and the circumstances for those decisions)?
- What you want at the end of your life?
- What would you like after you die?
- What are your plans for your funeral
Having an important conversation
You can use Think Ahead to help you have conversations with your friends, family members, partners and healthcare workers but if you need help having this type of conversation, we have developed a series of guides called Conversations over a Cuppa.