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Future Care and Treatment
Everyone feels better when the future is more certain. No one wants to imagine a day when they’re unable to make their own decisions. Taking the time now to think about how you would like to be cared for, and to make a plan should that day arrive, can be reassuring.
Your choice of care
If you reach a point where you need assistance on a regular basis, where would you prefer to be cared for?
- At home, in a care home, or in a hospice?
- Are there certain situations in which you’d prefer one option over the other?
- Where would you like to spend your final days and receive end of life care?
Think about the actions you’d like loved ones, carers or healthcare professionals to take on your behalf if you were to lose the mental capacity to make and communicate decisions for yourself.
You can record your wishes in different ways, including:
- An advance statement. This written statement of your wishes, preferences, values and beliefs clarifies how you wish to be looked after. It is not legally binding but should be considered if you lose mental capacity.
- An advanced decision. Sometimes known as a ‘living will’ or an ‘advance decision to refuse treatment’, this is a written statement or spoken document that lets you set out which medical treatments you would refuse in specific situations. If set up correctly, it is legally binding.
- A lasting power of attorney for health and welfare. This legal document gives one or more people you trust (your ‘attorneys’) the authority to make health and care decisions or act on your behalf if you can no longer.
Making your wishes clear gives the best chance of avoiding any future misunderstandings or needless anxiety for the people you care about most.
Additionally, if organ donation is important to you, it’s worth clarifying your thoughts on it now.
Once you’re happy with your plan, take a moment to not only verbally communicate all your wishes to your loved ones and any carers, but also to write everything down and make sure everyone knows where to find the relevant documents,
Local residential and nursing homes
To make things a little easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the local care homes in Berkshire and South Oxfordshire.