My Future Wishes - A Guide to Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning is a discussion in which a person may choose to express their views, preferences and wishes about their future care. It is NOT usually a one-off process. It is an ongoing conversation, likely to involve those people (family and unpaid carers, clinical and non-clinical staff) who provide support and care. An advance care plan should usually evolve slowly, over a period of time. Wherever possible, it should involve someone who already knows the person. There should be no pressure for the individual or their family to make rapid decisions.
An advance care plan may include a person’s:
- Concerns e.g. for things that they don’t want to happen in future or who will care for loved ones or pets
- Important values or personal goals for care
- Future wishes
- Understanding of illness and prognosis
- Preferences for types of care or treatment that maybe helpful in future and understanding of the availability of these
- Carer emergency care plans.
You can now watch a new film showing people from diverse backgrounds who work and live in West Yorkshire and Harrogate sharing their positive thoughts and experiences of making an Advance Care Plan and find out more about Advance Care Planning on our dedicated page.
Helping people deal with feelings of grief and loss
As the Coronavirus pandemic has progressed, it has become clear that in addition to some people experiencing the death of people they care about, or care for, in difficult and painful circumstances, many are feeling the impact of a loss of a way of life, normal contact opportunities, social and work interactions. Restrictions may also mean that the usual practical and emotional support people can physically get from family, friends, faith groups, community groups during difficult times may not be there.
The WY&H HCP Grief and Loss Service aims to bolster the local place offer by offering information and advice and, where appropriate, signposting into local place based services for specific counselling or other support.
The service is a free telephone helpline that operates 8am-8pm, 7 days a week and online chat facility.
More information about how to access the service.