Many people assume that there’s nothing they can do to prepare for their future treatment and care. But there are things we can do now to plan ahead and ensure that what matters to each of us is known about at the end of life. This is the focus of a new campaign, Make It Your Decision, launched this week by Compassion in Dying – the first of its kind to encourage people to plan ahead for their treatment and care and make their wishes known.
Having your wishes for care and treatment set out in advance means that if illness or injury leaves you unable to make or communicate your own decisions in future, you can have peace of mind that your wishes will be known and followed. Your family won’t be left stranded. Your doctors won’t be left to make decisions without knowing what you would or would not have wanted. Quite the opposite – by recording your wishes in a legally binding way, you can make it your decision.
The campaign will convey the importance of considering, discussing and taking action to document your wishes, the simple and free ways to plan ahead, and that there is support available to do so.
To launch Make It Your Decision, Compassion in Dying are sending posters and postcards to GP surgeries across the country. These resources and a new animation are all available from the campaign site www.MakeItYourDecision.org.uk, where people can sign up to receive information and support on the ways they can plan ahead and record their wishes.