What is an Advance Statement?

An Advance Statement gives you the chance to say anything that is important to you. You can include information about any part of your life, health or care, such as food preferences, religious or spiritual views, your daily routine, any fears you have around treatment or care, and where you would like to be cared for.

You can also use an Advance Statement to name anyone you would like to be consulted when decisions are being made on your behalf. This does not mean that a healthcare professional has to follow what that person says. The only way to give another person the legal power to make health or care decisions on your behalf is by making a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare.

An Advance Statement helps to make sure that, if you lose capacity your wishes are known about and can be followed. It also helps people involved in your care to understand your wishes if you can’t tell them yourself.

For more information, see guidance on Advance Statements.

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