There may come a time when you have to rely on someone else to care for you and act on your behalf. This can happen at any stage in life because of illness, an accident or mental distress. Before this happens, it’s comforting to record your wishes and values about your care and treatment for those who need to know.
Think Ahead will help you think about the care you would agree to and/or the care you would refuse if you ever need to. This is your opportunity to talk about your wishes openly and record them. Through Think Ahead, you can start conversations with those who matter most to you.
Take your time. Think about what you want. Talk through your wishes with someone you trust, like a friend, partner or relative. Let them know you would like them to speak on your behalf if need be. Choosing someone to speak with now means that they will come to know your wishes and that there will be fewer surprises or hard decisions for them to make later on.
If you don’t want to choose someone to speak for you, you can discuss your wishes with a healthcare worker, GP/Specialist, or note them down in your Think Ahead document and leave with someone you trust.
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